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.
Tears, fears and hope — your pandemic life
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.
'As real as waking life' — exploring lucid dreams
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.
The peculiar power of talking to strangers
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.
The building blocks of wellbeing
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?
Hey you! Tell us about your pandemic life
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.
Whispers, taps and tingles — what is ASMR?
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?