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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.

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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.

    The Paradoxes of Gossip

    The Paradoxes of Gossip

    Sex, scandal, money and misdeeds. All elements of good gossip.

    So why do we love the gossip, but not the gossiper?

    And why are we invested in the secrets of celebrities, even though they're strangers?

    • 30 min
    The History of Brainwashing

    The History of Brainwashing

    Where do you draw the line between brainwashing… and influence?

    Thought control… and mere suggestion?

    From the Korean War, to The Beatles, to current day, we trace the sometimes scary/sometimes weird history of brainwashing.

    • 30 min
    The Art of Negotiation: mind games and emotional intelligence

    The Art of Negotiation: mind games and emotional intelligence

    This episode was first broadcast in September 2022. 

    You might not think of yourself as a negotiator but big or small we all negotiate daily.

    Getting better at it could make your life easier.

    So what's the most effective way to negotiate?

    Is playing hardball ever a useful strategy?

    And what do you do when you're at a power disadvantage?

    • 30 min
    'Refrigerator mothers' and the history of autism

    'Refrigerator mothers' and the history of autism

    This episode was first broadcast in May 2022. 




    On All in the Mind this week, the early history of autism.

    With historian of science Professor Marga Vicedo we learn about the blame that was cast on mothers, the fight to get adequate help and support for families, and the movement that one mother, Clara Park, helped spark.

    • 30 min
    Humour me: why we laugh and what counts as funny

    Humour me: why we laugh and what counts as funny

    This episode was first broadcast in March 2022. 

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

    • 30 min
    The vicious cycle of alcohol and anxiety

    The vicious cycle of alcohol and anxiety

    Over summer, we're sharing some of our favourite episodes of the year. This one was first broadcast in April 2022. 

    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.

    • 30 min

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