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All In The Mind

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All In The Mind is ABC RN's weekly podcast looking into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour — everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.

All In The Mind is ABC RN's weekly podcast looking into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour — everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.

 

#250

Natural disasters: how floods and fires shape the psyche

Two disasters, two years apart - the ongoing mental health impact on survivors and what the research can tell us about the different ways people respond to these life-changing events. ... Read more

14 May 2022

29 MINS

29:07

14 May 2022


#249

The psychology of charitable giving

The quirks of psychology that influence when we give to charity … and when we don't. ... Read more

07 May 2022

29 MINS

29:08

07 May 2022


#248

'I'm going to cook my baby'

Dolls can tell us a lot about how kids see the world – especially when it comes to race. One American researcher spent months watching pre-schoolers play with dolls and what she observed shocked her. Plus, did you know the very first study of children and their thoughts about dolls actually changed the course of American history? First broadcast 4 April 2021. ... Read more

30 Apr 2022

29 MINS

29:21

30 Apr 2022


#247

The vicious cycle of alcohol and anxiety

Anxiety and alcohol misuse are a common pairing. How do the two egg each other on and what can be done to halt the cycle? Plus, the personality traits that shape our likelihood of harmful alcohol use. ... Read more

23 Apr 2022

29 MINS

29:07

23 Apr 2022


#246

Grief and the pandemic

Grief is deeply painful but it's something the majority of us …eventually … find ways to live with. But research is starting to emerge on how the pandemic may have changed the way we grieve - making the experience more intense, more debilitating.  As places like Australia and the US move on from the harshest restrictions of the last two years… is how we grieve returning to baseline? Or is it still too early to know? On All in the Mind this week, how the COVID pandemic has changed the nature of grief.  ... Read more

16 Apr 2022

29 MINS

29:43

16 Apr 2022


#245

Co-morbidity: why one mental illness can lead to more

About one in five Australians experience a mental illness in any given year. But what about when mental health issues occur ... together? On All in the Mind this week, we look at a massive Scandinavian epidemiological study series which considers why having one mental illness puts you at greater risk of developing subsequent ones, and explore what that might mean for the treatment and prevention of mental health issues. ... Read more

09 Apr 2022

29 MINS

29:07

09 Apr 2022


#244

What happens when our minds wander?

What are the constructive things our minds do when they wander? And when does mindwandering cross over … into not-so-constructive territory? ... Read more

02 Apr 2022

29 MINS

29:06

02 Apr 2022


#243

Why heartbreak hurts so bad

If you’re lucky enough to have fallen in love at some point in your life, you’ve  probably also had your heart broken. The experience can be excruciating, protracted, disorienting … but can it cause you lasting psychological – even physical – harm?  ... Read more

26 Mar 2022

29 MINS

29:44

26 Mar 2022


#242

Hacking humans: social engineering and the power of influence

Chris Hadnagy’s job involves breaking into banks. But he’s not after money, gold or jewels. He’s searching for weaknesses – in systems, in security, and in people.  And he doesn’t use weapons or threats of violence to get past guards and into vaults. He uses a smile - and a few tricks from his toolbox of psychology and social engineering techniques. Chris is the founder and CEO of Social Engineer LLC and lectures about social engineering around the globe. On All in the Mind this week, the psychology of influence and what makes some people more vulnerable to being ‘hacked’ than others. [This episode originally aired on 01 August 2021] ... Read more

20 Mar 2022

29 MINS

29:06

20 Mar 2022


#241

Humour me: why we laugh and what counts as funny

Why do we laugh, and what makes something funny? A psychologist, a neuroscientist and satirist Mark Humphries weigh in on humour and the brain. ... Read more

12 Mar 2022

29 MINS

29:06

12 Mar 2022


#240

All In The Mind presents... What The Duck?!

An excerpt from a new ABC podcast called What the Duck?! Each week the ABC's resident nature nerd Ann Jones explores the most unusual elements of our natural world — the ones that make you go What the Duck?! ... Read more

09 Mar 2022

07 MINS

07:34

09 Mar 2022


#239

The pleasure of pain

Spicy food, scary movies, BDSM … why do humans sometimes chase painful experiences and how are they linked to pleasure? ... Read more

05 Mar 2022

29 MINS

29:06

05 Mar 2022


#238

'Utterly catastrophic' — life with frontotemporal dementia

Frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, is tricky to pick up at the doctor's office and impossible to cure. And for those who live with the condition, their families and their carers, the situation can be very challenging. On All in the Mind this week, we hear from those people and a researcher who has spent decades working on the condition. ... Read more

26 Feb 2022

29 MINS

29:07

26 Feb 2022


#237

Seeing red — anger and aggression

What happens when we let our most destructive emotion dominate? On All in the Mind this week, we explore why we get angry, how you might control aggression and whether it can ever be ... useful. ... Read more

19 Feb 2022

29 MINS

29:29

19 Feb 2022


#236

Toxic positivity — when happiness becomes harmful

We're urged to stay positive and keep up a cheerful disposition ... but sometimes things are just awful, aren’t they? On All in the Mind this week we look at why we engage in toxic positivity, why it's so damaging when we do and whether something called 'tragic optimism' could be the antidote. ... Read more

12 Feb 2022

31 MINS

31:20

12 Feb 2022


#235

Controlling the chatter in your head

Most of us have an inner voice – it reminds you to pick up milk on your way home, helps problem solve, or rehearse what you’re going to say. But there are times that helpful voice veers into harmful chatter.   ... Read more

05 Feb 2022

29 MINS

29:07

05 Feb 2022


#234

How our brain chemicals drive our behaviour

You’ve heard of adrenaline, oxytocin and cortisol, but what about glutamate and GABA? And how much do you really know about the chemicals coursing through your brain? On All in the Mind this week, we take a whistle stop tour through your brain to learn how various chemicals influence our behaviour. ... Read more

29 Jan 2022

31 MINS

31:09

29 Jan 2022


#233

Post-partum psychosis

Having a baby is supposed to be a joyous time, despite the sleep deprivation and constant crying. But for many women, it can be a dark time. We know one in six suffer post partum depression, but there's another condition that affects women during this period that you may not have heard of. It's called post-partum psychosis. It's rare, but for those who get it, it can be utterly debilitating. This episode was first broadcast on 25 April 2021. ... Read more

22 Jan 2022

29 MINS

29:09

22 Jan 2022


#232

The damage done by emotionally immature parents (and how to heal)

How would you describe your parents? Nobody's perfect, of course, but some parents leave more of a mark than others. On All in the Mind this week, we look at the life-long impact of having 'emotionally immature' parents. This episode was first broadcast on 30 May 2021. ... Read more

15 Jan 2022

29 MINS

29:10

15 Jan 2022


#231

Does self-help ... help? The problem with pop psychology

Have you ever tried a self-help book? Did it… well, help? On All in the Mind this week, why self-help sometimes falls short ... and the problem with pop psychology more generally. ... Read more

08 Jan 2022

29 MINS

29:08

08 Jan 2022


#230

The making of a magnificent memory

One spring weekend a few years back, around 15 people gathered in a south Melbourne office space. They were mostly neuroscience and maths types and there for something super niche and somewhat nerdy — the Australian Memory Championships. Anastasia Woolmer was a first time competitor — but she’d go on to win. On All in the Mind, she explains the techniques memory athletes use, and how you can apply them to everyday life. This episode was first broadcast on 30 May 2021. ... Read more

01 Jan 2022

29 MINS

29:08

01 Jan 2022


#229

Mood and the magic ion

It’s the lightest metal on the periodic table. Its origins lie in the very beginnings of our universe. And it's taken, in the form of a pill, by thousands of Australians every day. Join us as we dive deep into the story of this wonder element lithium — the magic ion, as it's sometimes called — and its remarkable impact on mood. This episode was first broadcast on 28 March 2021. ... Read more

25 Dec 2021

29 MINS

29:08

25 Dec 2021


#228

Misadventures in multitasking

How many times in a day are you doing just one thing? Or is it more common that you’re multitasking – maybe texting and walking? Reading while listening to music? We all multitask to some degree, but do any of us do it well? And is that even possible? This week on All in the Mind, we look into the science of multitasking – why we struggle to do it, why some of us are better at it than others – and how to do it effectively if you must ... Read more

18 Dec 2021

28 MINS

28:57

18 Dec 2021


#227

Psychedelics for mental illness

Major trials are bringing us a step closer to seeing psychedelic substances used in therapy practice for PTSD, anxiety and depression. On this episode of All in the Mind, we take a look at where the research is currently at.  ... Read more

11 Dec 2021

28 MINS

28:57

11 Dec 2021


#226

Overcoming resentment with gratitude

We all have resentments in our lives, big or small. How can we move past the feeling and even repair relationships that get bogged down in resentment? The answer may have something to do with ... gratitude. ... Read more

04 Dec 2021

29 MINS

29:11

04 Dec 2021


#225

How dopamine drives our addictions

What role does dopamine play in cycles of addiction — and how might we use that knowledge to break them? ... Read more

27 Nov 2021

29 MINS

29:06

27 Nov 2021


#224

Making big decisions

Career, family, relationships - how do we think about big decisions and in turn how do they shape our lives? And what makes a 'good decision?' On All in the Mind this week, we hear from three people who have faced big life decisions and an expert who researches life's choices and how we can make better ones. ... Read more

20 Nov 2021

29 MINS

29:07

20 Nov 2021


#223

The toxic effects of rudeness

Are your colleagues rude? Do people regularly ignore each other or dismiss opinions in meeting? Ever gotten an all caps email? On All in the Mind this week, we examine the toxic effects of rude behaviour. And are we getting more rude as a society? ... Read more

13 Nov 2021

28 MINS

28:57

13 Nov 2021


#222

Language and loss

What goes on in the multilingual mind? And what does it mean to 'lose' your language? Author and linguist Julie Sedivy with a story of losing – and re-discovering – her native language. ... Read more

06 Nov 2021

29 MINS

29:06

06 Nov 2021


#221

Habits and making them stick

Habits are notoriously hard to change—exercising more often, practising calmness, getting healthy—it all takes time and effort. So perhaps you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a way to get habits into your routine. We talk with Bernard Balleine, Director of the Decision Neuroscience Lab at UNSW; and with B J Fogg, founder of the Behaviour Design Lab at Stanford University about his new book Tiny Habits.  ... Read more

30 Oct 2021

29 MINS

29:20

30 Oct 2021