22 episodes

The MindStew podcast aims to inspire Australia's psychology, counselling and cognitive science students to become wise and effective practitioners, through conversations with academics and those working in mental health/cognitive science.

MindStew Joshua Kugel

    • Health & Fitness
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The MindStew podcast aims to inspire Australia's psychology, counselling and cognitive science students to become wise and effective practitioners, through conversations with academics and those working in mental health/cognitive science.

    A guide to seeing a psychologist – Ros Knight

    A guide to seeing a psychologist – Ros Knight

    My guest today is Ros Knight, former President of the Australian Psychological Society (Australia's largest professional organisation of psychologists) and Clinical Director at Macquarie University for 14 years.

    This conversation is a guide for people who may be considering getting professional psychological support for the first time. We discuss when to see a psychologist, what to look for in a psychologist, how to know if you and your therapist are a good fit and how to get the most out of therapy.

    • 31 min
    Incorporating the Numinous into Psychological Practice - Ralph Piedmont #2

    Incorporating the Numinous into Psychological Practice - Ralph Piedmont #2

    I speak with Ralph Piedmont, Professor of Pastoral Counselling at Loyola University, Maryland, and a past president of the APA's Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Ralph is also co-author (with Teresa Wilkins) of the recently published book, Understanding the Psychological Soul of Spirituality. We discuss spirituality as a clinically-relevant personality trait, and how one can go about integrating spirituality into clinical practice.

    • 52 min
    The Psychological Soul of Spirituality - Ralph Piedmont

    The Psychological Soul of Spirituality - Ralph Piedmont

    I speak with Ralph Piedmont, Professor of Pastoral Counselling at Loyola University, Maryland, and a past president of the APA's Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Ralph is also co-author (with Teresa Wilkins) of the recently published book, Understanding the Psychological Soul of Spirituality.

    We discuss the nature of spirituality as a personality trait, it's relevance for clinical practice, the nature of openness to experience and its maladaptive expressions.

    • 49 min
    The Wandering Mind - Jonathan Smallwood

    The Wandering Mind - Jonathan Smallwood

    My guest today is Professor Jonathan Smallwood (@the_mindwanders), Professor of Psychology at Queens University in Canada.

    We discuss the function of mind-wandering, whether it makes us unhappy, its relationship to the default-mode network, the position of the default-mode network in the brain's processing hierarchy and the challenges and opportunities of studying spontaneous thought.

    • 1 hr
    Technoboosting mindfulness - Jay Sanguinetti

    Technoboosting mindfulness - Jay Sanguinetti

    Today's guest is Dr. Jay Sanguinetti, Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, Science Director of the Sonification Enhanced Mindful Awareness Lab and Associate Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. 

    Jay investigates the use of noninvasive brain stimulation to enhance cognition and well-being. We discuss Jay’s work investigating whether focused ultrasound can be used to augment meditation practice in the development of mindfulness.

    • 55 min
    Mindfulness, Interoception and Depression - Norm Farb

    Mindfulness, Interoception and Depression - Norm Farb

    In this episode I speak with Norm Farb, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Farb studies the neuroscience of the self and emotion with a focus on how cognitive biases shape the emotional reactions that influence well-being. And how all these are affected by mindfulness meditation. For example, his previous work highlights that resilience against depression stems more from the growth of mindfulness-related skills, such as interoception, than the eradication of residual depressive symptoms.

    • 58 min

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Perfect balance of mindblown + neuroscience

This podcast never ceases to amaze me, the science is the most up to date compelling, mind blowing stuff out there! I am so excited to lean abouts all the new quirky ways science is expanding presented in such a fun and curious way

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