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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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    • 4.3 • 114 Ratings

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.

    Why do athletes choke under pressure?

    Why do athletes choke under pressure?

    The siren has sounded. The scores are even. A footy player has one final chance to kick an easy goal to get his team into the finals.

    He’s right in front of the goals. He lines up. Kicks. Misses. The pressure of such a moment was phenomenal, and the player choked under it.

    So what happens in the brain during such intense periods? Why can some people remain calm while others can’t handle it?

    If you're keen to listen to another episode, check out Wanted: Unicorns. Mission: Mars.

    • 29 min
    Conspiracies: why people change their mind

    Conspiracies: why people change their mind

    What if your entire understanding of the world — your beliefs, how you parent, how you work, how you interact with friends at the pub — all came crashing down?

    For Stephanie, Jules and Joel — who are all former conspiracy theorists — that was their reality.

    And digging their way out of the conspiracy rabbit hole came with a whole lot of challenges.

    Today on All in the Mind: falling into and out of conspiracy ... and rebuilding your life after breaking free.

    And if you enjoyed listening, you should go back and check out our earlier episode on how to help conspiracy theorists.

    • 30 min
    How bystanders (like you) can help stop domestic violence

    How bystanders (like you) can help stop domestic violence

    After enduring years of abuse, Robyn Westgate was jailed for the murder of her husband. Now out of prison, she runs training programs that aim to reduce domestic violence.

    Robyn says the key is empowering people to be better bystanders.

    Today, one woman's story from domestic violence survivor to domestic violence consultant, and the importance of speaking up.

    Please note this episode includes graphic descriptions of sexual assault and domestic violence. It may be distressing for some listeners. Please take care while listening.

    Resources:

    1800 Respect

    Men's Referral Service

    • 29 min
    Dark tourism + selfie sticks = moral outrage

    Dark tourism + selfie sticks = moral outrage

    Since the days of gladiator battles and public hangings, dark tourism — our attraction to places linked to death and despair — has been a part of human behaviour.

    But there's something in the 21st century that's causing debate… Selfies.

    Digital media isn't all bad though. It's also creating opportunities for authentic storytelling.

    Today, we examine what dark tourism is, if it's ethical, and when it is (and isn't) appropriate to snap a selfie.

    If you're keen for another episode of All in the Mind, check out You've got the music in you. 

    • 30 min
    How to win the battle for better sleep

    How to win the battle for better sleep

    Do you wake up each morning refreshed and well-slept? Or are you the kind of person who tosses and turns for ages before falling asleep, ruminating on all of your missteps and stresses from the day?

    If you chose option two, this episode is for you. Two sleep experts share advice on making night-time more restful — beyond the standard 'don't look at your phone before bed.' (Though that's important too).

    This episode was first broadcast in March 2023.

    Looking for something to listen to next? Check out our episode, Busting bias: what works and what doesn't.

    Credits:
    Presenter/Producer: Sana Qadar
    Producer: Rose Kerr
    Sound engineer: Ann-Marie DeBettencor

    • 29 min
    Can music inspire mania?

    Can music inspire mania?

    Long before Bieber fever and Swifties, there was Lisztomania.

    Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer who inspired such intense fandom and frenzy that it was dubbed mania.

    So, was it true mania? What caused fans to respond to him so passionately? 

    And what can Lisztomania reveal about the way we talk about female obsession?

    If you're looking for something to listen to next, check out our episode; Hook me baby one more time: the psychology of pop music.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

Claudyaudy ,

A superb podcast

I love listening to all in the mind episodes. There’s yet to be an episode I haven’t found interesting and thought provoking. Keep up the good work Sana and the team

Dolly McGregor ,

Always something good

Hard to find a bad episode, have learnt so much from this podcast. Recommend to everyone!

yam.yam.777 ,

Staple listening

All In The Mind has been one of my go to podcasts for many years. The podcast provides insight to the many complexities of the social world, our minds and psychology. Highly recommended.

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