Claudia Hammond finds out why films are being made of residents of a care home in South West London. They all have dementia and the story of their lives is told through photos, interviews and music and their beneficial effects are being studied in a small NHS trial. Claudia meets 92 year old May and her daughter, Valerie to find out what the film has done for her and why this kind of reminiscence therapy is so effective. Claudia talks to psychologist John Bargh about the power of the unconscious mind, why sad music makes people spend more and how we can use our unconscious mind’s susceptibility to our own advantage. And why a community organisation in Tyne and Wear called Citizens UK has brought together people from schools, mosques, churches, politicians and the NHS to ask what their top priority should be. Find out why they all voted for mental health and what they’re going to do about it. Psychologist Dr Catherine Loveday of the University of Westminster also explains why just believing that you do less exercise than your friends is likely to make you die earlier even if it’s not true and a she discusses a recent […]
All in the Mind examines how we think and behave. It’s presented by psychologist Claudia Hammond. She investigates the latest techniques being used by mental health practitioners, speaks to people with psychological issues and uncovers all the most recent research from the world of the mind.
Our sense of reward motivates us and is essential for survival – influencing the hundreds of decisions we make every day about what feels good and what doesn’t. Claudia Hammond meets Ray Dolan, Wolfram Schultz and Peter Dayan, winners of this year’s Brain Prize, in front of an audience at London’s Royal Institution, to discuss their ground-breaking work on how the brain recognises and processes reward. The trio’s discoveries have revolutionised our understanding in how our brain’s reward system can motivate us, give us the best chance in life and influence the way we learn. So when the system malfunctions, it can lead to big problems such as obesity, gambling and addiction. But as understanding of this brain system continues to be unravelled Claudia Hammond hears why this happens and what can be done to control it. About the “All In The Mind” Podcast
All in the Mind Awards: Claudia Hammond launches the 2018 All in the Mind Awards – a chance for anyone who has received help for a mental health problem, to recognise the people and organisations who have gone above and beyond the call of duty 1 in 3 of us will experience problems with our mental health at some time in our lives, and help and support from people around us can make all the difference in how we cope day to day and helping us on the road to recovery. Between now and the end of January 2018 the Radio 4 All in the Mind Awards is seeking listeners’ experiences of brilliant mental health care and to recognise the people – the unsung heroes who helped make the difference. The judging panel this year includes Star Wards founder Marion Janner; director of nursing and mental health services Mandy Stevens; Dr Mathijs Lucassen lecturer in mental health ; and Claudia Hammond, psychologist and All In The Mind presenter. There are 3 categories for the awards, the individual, professional or project Individual Award : An individual family member, friend, boss or colleague who offered significant support Professional Award: A mental health […]
Claudia Hammond’s guest is Catherine Loveday, Principle lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster If you have sisters or brothers you probably know all about sibling rivalry. But if you’re a parent who despairs over your children squabbling, fear not. Claudia Hammond hears how sibling rivalry can be handled and can have an upside. It’s something that should be embraced argues child psychologist Linda Blair, author of a new book Siblings. What insights can diaries and letters from prisoners of war can give us into the imprisoned soldier’s minds? We hear from historian Clare Makepeace who has spent years studying the diaries and letters of POWs and Mark McDermott Professor of Health Psychology at the University of East London to discuss the psychological impact the confined experience can have. And new evidence on the link between inflammation in the body and depression. It’s the first study ever published showing that inflammation can lead to alterations in how specific new brain cells are formed – a process that leads to depression in a third of patients. As Patricia Zunszain of Kings College London explains, drugs targeting these mechanisms could be the effective antidepressants of the future – drugs which don’t […]
Claudia Hammond talks to Professor Christopher French from Goldsmiths, University of London about the strange phenomenon of sleep paralysis. As many as 1 in 20 people will experience vivid hallucinations while falling asleep or waking up while also completely unable to move. People also describe a very powerful sense of fear and the feeling of being crushed or that an intruder or something supernatural is there with them. Despite being relatively common, this sleep anomaly is little understood. Even less well known or understood is the frightening experience of ‘Exploding Head Syndrome’ where someone perceives abrupt and very loud noises when going to sleep or waking up. Also can a robot deliver therapy via your smartphone? Claudia talks to Alison Darcy – Stanford University researcher who’s created Woebot – an artificially intelligent chatbot designed to treat depression. Woebot, uses cognitive-behavioural therapy and is available via Facebook messenger. Alison explains how it works and that it’s not a replacement for traditional therapy, but it’s the first tech based treatment to have been properly scientifically tested and peer reviewed.. Simon Wessley, outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity MIND discuss mental […]