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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What role does dopamine play in cycles of addiction — and how might we use that knowledge to break them?
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.
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?
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.
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.
With restrictions easing around the country, we wanted to know how you've survived the past year and a half - what's gotten you through and what you can't wait to do next.
On All in the Mind this week, we turn the show over to you, our listeners, and hear your pandemic survival stories.
Have you ever realised you were dreaming ... while in the middle of a dream?
Lucid dreams are a common phenomenon, but many people don't realise that these surreal experiences of slumber can be influenced or controlled.
On All in the Mind this week, we explore the world of dreams, hear some of the latest research in the area and learn the best ways to induce lucid dreaming.
Are you the kind of person who loves chatting to strangers? Like people in cafes, parks or the train?
Or does the thought of small talk make you cringe?
On All in the Mind this week, we cover a growing body of research on how talking to strangers can make you feel happier, more connected to your community and less lonely.
Wellbeing' has become a bit of a buzz word recently, but what does it really mean?
It's not the same as simply being happy, or experiencing pleasure - it's something deeper and broader than that.
It has to do with how we connect with others, how we feel about ourselves, and much more.
So what do we need in order to achieve wellbeing?
We're working on an episode about how Australians have been coping through the pandemic, and we want your stories.
We want to know what’s been getting you through the tough times, and what you’re most looking forward to when this is all behind us.
How can you tell us? You just need to use your smartphone to record yourself telling a story.
It can be sad, happy, funny, weird -- like maybe you got a new hobby, or re-discovered an old one, or made an unexpected friend, and that helped get you through. Maybe you’re looking forward to travelling the world, seeing your children again … or just a cold beer at the pub.
Whatever it is, put it into a voice recording, and we’ll share it in a special episode of All in the Mind.
Find a quiet room and open up the voice memo app on your smartphone.
If you don't have one installed, search for a voice memo app in your app store.
Hold the phone's microphone (located at the base of the phone) about 15-20cm from your mouth.
Press the red 'record' button and share your thoughts.
Once you're finished, hit the record button again to stop, then press done and save the recording with a name.
If you're unhappy with what you've recorded, just re-do it.
When you've got your recording, you should be able to 'send' or 'share' it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember to include your name and the area you live so we can credit you on the podcast.
Have you heard of ASMR?
Whispery, clicky, crinkly videos are massive on YouTube - racking up millions of views.
The idea is that these sounds elicit a certain tingly, calming sensation in some people.
So what is ASMR and what does the science tell us about it?
Is it real … or pseudoscience? And why do some people get the opposite reaction – irritation rather than these pleasant tingles?
Do you consider yourself a shrewd manipulator? Are you cynical about the nature of human beings? If so, you might rank highly in Machiavellianism - a personality trait that's based on the writing and views of Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century Italian political philosopher. We look at what makes a Machiavellian personality, and how it fits into the so called ‘dark triad’ of traits.
During pregnancy and then in childbirth, new mums experience some dramatic hormonal changes.
But while these changes in women are relatively well studied … there’s a growing body of evidence finding that biological changes - shifts in hormones and brain activity - happen in men, too.
And these shifts are just one part of the picture.
Men can also experience mental health issues when they become a new dad, like postnatal depression.
On All in the Mind this week, the psychological and biological changes that happen during the transition to fatherhood.