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For generations, scientists have struggled to make sense of the fundamental question: ‘what is life?’ Even a humble bacterium accomplishes things so dazzling that no human engineer can match it, and huge advances in molecular biology over the past few decades have served only to deepen the mystery. So, can life be explained by known physics and chemistry, or do we need something fundamentally new? In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud discusses these thought-provoking questions with renowned physicist Professor Paul Davies – author of the 2019 book ‘The Demon in the Machine’. More...
11/5/2020 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 60 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic
Albert’s Camus’s famous 1947 novel ‘The Plague’ has now come to the attention of a new generation of readers – those who draw parallels between Camus’s depictions of disease-ridden Algeria and the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently living through. It is the story of placid everyday lives that are suddenly, brutally disrupted by a virus: an existential reminder of the arbitrariness of life and the certainty and randomness of death. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to the author of ‘A Very Short Introduction’ to Camus, Dr Oliver Gloag, about the impact this writer could have on our outlook and behaviour during these challenging times. More...
5/29/2020 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic
Like many infections COVID-19 can produce mild symptoms or none at all in some people, meaning they are not aware they are infected and can spread the virus without realising. COVID-19 may therefore be prone to the phenomenon of the ‘super-spreader’. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Susan Campbell Bartoletti about Mary Mallon, the subject of her recent book ‘Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America’. Mallon was a healthy carrier of typhoid fever at the turn of the 20th century who resisted public health officials’ attempts to contain her. Can the first documented ‘super-spreader’ in history reveal true causes of modern pandemics? More...
4/9/2020 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people around the world to enter a period of quarantine, but what outcome will this have on our mental health and how can we help to reduce the psychological impact? In this podcast, Professor Neil Greenberg talks to Dr Raj Persaud about how to cope with quarantine and the surprising findings of the latest psychological research on the mental effects of quarantine, as recently published by a group of mental health experts including Professor Greenberg in The Lancet – 'The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence'. More...
4/7/2020 | Download
The World Health Organization (WHO) characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and countries around the world are putting measures in place to combat the spread of coronavirus. How do psychological factors influence the spread of pandemic infection and the associated emotional distress and social disruption? In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Steven Taylor about his recently published book offering a comprehensive analysis of the psychology of pandemics. More...
3/24/2020 | Download
Our everyday lives are shaped by geological processes that vastly predate us, and our habits will in turn have consequences that will outlast us by generations. So could a greater awareness of this ‘timefulness’ give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future? In this compelling podcast, Raj Persaud talks to Professor Marcia Bjornerud about the concept of timefulness, arguing that opening our minds to geology could benefit us all psychologically. More...
6/4/2019 | Download
Following his keynote address at the 2018 RCPsych International Congress, Professor Simon Lovestone talks to Raj Persaud about the use of ‘big data’ in psychiatric research. Focusing on dementia and Alzheimer’s, he reveals the ways in which pseudonymised real-world data has been used to develop our understanding of mental illness, and the opportunities that this provides for future research. More...
8/7/2018 | Download
How much control do we have over our own lives? What role does the unconscious play in our decision-making? Psychologist Magda Osman talks to Raj Persaud about these issues and the various studies that have been conducted around agency and control. More...
3/12/2015 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 45 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
Raj Persaud talks to Professor Allan Horwitz, author of the 2013 book 'Anxiety: A Short History', about our cultural understanding of anxiety and how this has changed through the centuries. More...
10/28/2014 | Download
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
Abreaction, or the ‘drug interview', was a relatively common therapeutic intervention in psychiatry in the middle to late 20th century. It is far less commonly practiced now, though there has been little investigation or understanding of why this decline in practice occurred. Dr Norman Poole and colleagues investigated the published English language reports on the process as applied to conversion disorder, and found that the reasons for its declining use were certainly not due to lack of evidence for its effectiveness. More...
9/2/2010 | Download
Autism has been the subject of intense public and professional attention in recent years. One of the biggest questions is what causes it. Like the discoveries made about schizophrenia in the late 20th century, we are learning that autism too has genetic and environmental determinants. Here Dr Daphne Keen discusses her paper which attempts to answer the question of whether maternal immigration and ethnicity, together or in tandem, are implicated as being risk factors in young children who develop autism. More...
5/30/2010 | Download
There is increasing interest and public concern about the relationship between diet and physical health. There has been less focus on the relationship between diet and behaviour and mental health. Despite this, there is some evidence of a relationship between breastfeeding and cognitive development, which may be genetically mediated and between hyperactivity and diet. In this podcast, Dr Margaret Murphy talks to Dr Simon Moore about the present study which uses a longitudinal design to explore the relationship between confectionary consumption in childhood and adult aggression. More...
1/15/2010 | Download
In this podcast Dr Gareth Owen gives an overview of phenomenology in psychiatry, discussing some of the historical background to the development of the discipline, some of the problems and how it relates in comparison with other disciplines such as a biological or psychological approach to a psychiatric disorder. He also touches on how we can bring a phenomenological understanding into our daily practice. More...
6/4/2008 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical
Dr Gerard Leavey explores some of the myths and truths surrounding the relationship between psychiatry and the clergy, looking at ways in which they can work together more effectively. More...
12/17/2007 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical,Professional
Dr Niall Crumlish talks about his experience of cross-cultural research in Malawi, providing valuable advice to anyone considering how to go about planning and conducting such research. He discusses the implications and practicalities of working in an area where psychiatric health is under-studied, some of the limitations, as well as the many rewards. More...
12/12/2007 | Download
Dr Steven Marwaha discusses some of the issues surrounding the topic of employment and schizophrenia, including different kinds of employment services and support available to those with schizophrenia, and also rates and correlates of employment for people with the illness. More...
12/11/2007 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Professional
Professor Matthew Hotopf discusses how to minimise bias in case-control studies and looks at solutions to the problems of recruiting, how many subjects to use and why it is important to report recruitment methods. More...
5/18/2007 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: .5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
Professor Anthony David talks about the associations between insight and mental disorders, particularly schizophrenia. More...
4/23/2007 | Download
This podcast takes a look at the recovery focus system and discusses the role of mental health professionals within the Recovery Model. More...
10/24/2006 | Download
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