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A 2016 study led by Dr Charles Raison found that raising the body temperature of depressed volunteers through whole-body hyperthermia treatment improved their symptoms of major depression for up to 6 weeks. In this podcast Dr Raison talks to Raj Persaud about how the treatment works, the effect it has on the brain, and how these findings could be built upon in future research. More...
12/6/2016 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical
In this podcast, Professor Richard Bentall talks to Raj Persaud about the various theories of delusions, focusing on early attachment theories and so-called 'tricky' cases of delusions. More...
12/21/2015 | Download
In their 2014 book 'Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?', Professors Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek use the popular topic of zombies to explain various neurological processes. They do this by treating zombies as if they are regular patients, performing a systematic neurological investigation to link their classic behaviours back up to the brain. In this podcast, Timothy Versynen talks to Raj Persaud about what zombies can teach us about the human brain. More...
10/5/2015 | Download
A major challenge regarding delusions is understanding them in terms of changes in brain function. Dr Corlett is attempting to meet this challenge by investigating the neural basis of human associative learning and belief formation, and relating these processes to the formation of delusional beliefs. His findings have shaped the development of a novel mechanistic model of delusion formation, which he discusses with Dr Raj Persaud in this podcast. More...
8/17/2015 | Download
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been shown to be a well-tolerated, minimally invasive procedure for treatment-resistant depression. Here Raj Persaud talks to Dr Lena Palaniyappan at the RCPsych International Congress 2015 about the practicalities and efficacy of TMS. More...
7/2/2015 | Download
In this podcast, Dr Ezra Susser talks to Ali Ajaz about the relationship between micronutrient deficiency and neurodevelopmental disorders, and some of the challenges facing researchers in this field. More...
10/22/2012 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic
In this series of podcasts, two giants of their field, Professor Robin Murray and Professor Tim Crow (left), discuss their experiences of psychosis research since the 1960s, reflecting upon the ideas, evidence and arguments that have taken place over the years, and where they have led. More...
1/19/2012 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 90 minutes | Credits: 1 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
Jean Théberge talks about the glutamatergic hypothesis of schizophrenia and discusses in some detail his study on longitudinal grey-matter and glutamatergic losses in first-episode schizophrenia. More...
8/31/2008 | Download
Approximately 2-5% of children suffer from ADHD and in this podcast, Dr Katia Rubia begins by answering the question What is ADHD?, addressing the triad of symptoms – age inappropriate inattention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness – and raising some diagnostic and cultural issues. She then goes on to discuss in detail brain development and the neurobiological implications. More...
8/20/2008 | Download
Robert Schug, based at the University of Southern California, talks about the neuropsychology of schizophrenia. In particular he discusses the approach in relation to those schizophrenics who go on to develop personality disorder problems of the antisocial type. More...
7/18/2008 | Download
Professor Peter Woodruff discusses the latest research findings and neuroimaging techniques which uncover the underlying neurobiological processes behind auditory hallucinations. More...
7/27/2007 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 45 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
Dr Paul Allen challenges current thinking on the aetiology of auditory verbal hallucinations, describing how current cognitive and physiological models may be insufficient to account for these internal experiences. More...
2/26/2007 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 45 minutes | Credits: 0.75 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
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