Behind the Stigma (BTS) hosted and produced by Seiara Imanova, a Psychology and Neuroscience student from King's College London, speaks with clinicians and top researchers in the field on everything Psychology, Neuroscience and Mental Health related. Episodes include discussions such as cognitive distortions, gene-environment correlation, positive psychology, and attachment styles to name a few. The BTS podcast also features a 10 min Education series every month. SEASON 2 OUT IN DECEMBER 2023.
Virtual Reality & Cognitive Health with Amir Bozorgzadeh
In this week's episode, I speak with Amir Bozorgzadeh, Co-Founder and CEO of Virtuleap on the intersection between virtual reality and cognitive health.
We discuss how Virtuleap designs VR brain training solutions to address cognitive illnesses and the potential of VR in mental health interventions. Amir shares personal insights into the power of VR, and the unique approach Virtu Leap takes in training and monitoring cognitive abilities. We also delve into a pilot study on ADHD (linked below) and its implications. Amir highlights the importance of immersive experiences in VR and addresses concerns about potential negative side effects. Finally, we explore the future of these technologies and the role of VR in mental health diagnostics and prevention.
Amir is a market researcher, games publisher, and tech writer, currently working at the intersection of frontier tech and social impact. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Virtuleap, a company that designs VR brain training solutions to help increase attention levels and address cognitive illnesses, disorders, and learning challenges.
Pilot ADHD Study: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frvir.2023.1108060/full
Antidepressant Effects with Dr. Mark Horowitz
In this week's episode, I speak with psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Horowitz, on the Effects of Antidepressants.
We discuss how depression is currently understood in society - taking a step back from diagnostic categories. We also discuss what is truly known about the causality and mechanisms of depression, and the effects antidepressants have on our psychological well being and our physical body.
Dr. Horowitz speaks about safely tapering off antidepressants and its withdrawal impacts, based on his recent appearance in the BBC's panorama documentary. Finally, we talk about the future of research and empirical evidence in the field, and the right way to move forward. (Chapter Markers are added).
Dr. Horowitz is a trained psychiatrist, having done part of his training in Australia and is now working in London as a Clinical Research Fellow in the NHS and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at UCL. He has completed his PhD in the neurobiology of depression and the pharmacology of antidepressants at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. During his PhD he received two prizes from the British Association of Psychopharmacology, one for his PhD work, and one for public communication.
BBC Panorama Documentary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001n39z
The Creative Process with Anne-Laure Le Cunff
In this week's episode, I speak with Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Founder of Ness Labs, on productivity & the creative process.
We discuss 4 different creative processes:
- diffused vs focused thinking
- idea sex
- generation effect and
- combinational creativity
We also go into Anne Laure's work of mindful productivity, the different ways to identify why we procrastinate, and her journey from Google to Ness Labs.
About Anne-Laure: https://anne-laure.net/
Misinformation, Fake News & Conspiracy with Dr. Sacha Altay
In this week's episode, I speak with Dr. Altay, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Zurich, on misinformation, fake news and conspiracy theories. We discuss these 3 concepts, exploring Dr. Altay's work on why people do and do not share fake news, what consists of misinformation, and the factors that make people more prone to conspiracy. We conclude with ChatGPT for detecting misinformation, and future implications in the field.
The E-Risk Study with Professor Helen Fisher & Rebecca Gray
In this week's episode, I speak with Professor Helen Fisher, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology from King's College London and Rebecca Gray on the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study (E-Risk Study).
The E-Risk Study builds knowledge around the question of how environmental and genetic factors contribute to the development of behaviors', health, and mental health problems from childhood through to adulthood.
We discuss the importance of twin studies, some of the factors the E-risk study measured over a period of time, the data collected, and some key insights that has been contributed from it!
Professor Helen Fisher: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/people/helen-fisher
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with Dr. Stephen Faraone
In this week's episode, I speak to one of the world's most influential psychologists and researchers on ADHD, Professor Stephen Faraone.
We go into defining ADHD , the role of executive functions and the differences in cognitive processes between individuals with and without the disorder. We also discuss the impact of social media on ADHD awareness and insights into the genetic components of ADHD, such as twin studies, genome-wide association studies, and the polygenic nature of the condition. Dr Faraone tackle the crucial topic of ADHD medication like Adderall, and Ritalin, and other non-drug interventions. Finally, we go into his work and his contributions in the field.
The ADHD Evidence Project: https://www.adhdevidence.org/
Perfect for your average mind geek
Always find all the conversations with professionals incredibly insightful yet explained in clear layman’s terms. Absolutely recommend that people try this show to hear out a diverse group of topics around the world of mental health, something we should all be working on!