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Break until mid-October 2017

8/29/2017
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Hi all, Just a quick update for you. I'm lucky enough to have recently become a dad again, and I'm also a candidate in the NZ General Election for the Labour Party. So, I'll be taking a break from podcasting for a few weeks, but I'll be back again in the middle of October. Until then, be sure to have a listen to my back catalogue of shows, and subscribe to the show in iTunes or your favourite podcast app, and you'll get pinged when a new show is uploaded. Thanks for listening - and as...

Duration: 00:01:52


It is clear that 4 out of 5 people have experienced a mental health disorder by the time they reach midlife. What do we know about those who don't?

8/14/2017
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You might be familiar with the often quoted statistic that 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 people experience mental health difficulties. What you might not be aware of is that is the answer if people are answering about what they are experiencing at that particular point in time. Long-term studies following the same people over time show that more than 4 out of 5 people (actually 87%) have experienced a mental health disorder by the time they reach age 38. This radically changes our understanding,...

Duration: 00:40:40


Can the news media play a key role in triggering psychological reactions to terrorism?

8/3/2017
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In July 2011, Anders Breivik killed 77 adults and children in a bombing in Oslo and a subsequent shooting on a nearby island where the Norwegian Labor Party's youth organisation was having their summer camp. I talk with Dr Bertel Hansen of the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark about the impact of that event in Norway on the incidence of trauma- and stressor-related disorders in the neighbouring country of Denmark, and discuss this with respect to of...

Duration: 00:34:25


Scared behind the wheel: How driving anxiety may influence our health and wellbeing

7/17/2017
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Leaning drive has been a rite of passage in many societies for decades. For many, it is a central part of their everyday lives, especially if they live in rural areas, or where other alternatives aren't as practical or appealing. But what happens if we become anxious about driving? How might that shape our lives and wellbeing? In this show I speak with Dr Joanne Taylor, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University in New Zealand. Here is the link to the paper we talk...

Duration: 00:34:31


Integrated consciousness: A framework for making sense of the world around and within us #29

7/3/2017
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Consciousness is a curious and complex phenomenon. There are many ideas about what consciousness means and how it comes about, but I came across a compelling and relatively simple argument when I attended TEDFest this year - where the TED2017 conference was livestreamed for TEDx conference organisers from around the world, all convened in New York. In this show I speak with Dr Anil Seth from the Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex in the UK....

Duration: 00:43:00


The surprising upside of worrying #28

6/20/2017
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Worrying can be described as the process of unpleasant thoughts that keep coming back and cause us to be anxious or distressed. Although it's certainly true that worrying is often seen as a problem, there is increasing evidence that it can also be seen in positive ways too. In this show I speak with Associate Professor Kate Sweeny from the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside in the USA. Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week's...

Duration: 00:30:18


The recycled self: How our identity relates to whether we recycle a product or not #27

6/5/2017
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If you drink coffee and buy that in a shop, the barista might call out your name - which may be written on your disposable cup - when it's ready. Does the fact that your name is written on the cup have an influence on whether you choose to recycle it or not? Even if they spelled your name wrong? Everyday, we make decisions about whether to keep or dispose of objects that we have purchased or obtained. Often, the decision can boil down to whether we recycle or trash the object in question....

Duration: 00:31:42


1747 people talk about their experience taking antidepressants

5/22/2017
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About 1 in 9 adult New Zealanders receive a prescription for antidepressants each year. Although we think they are generally helpful for people, we know surprisingly little about what it might be like to take them. This week I speak with Associate Professor Dr Kerry Gibson from the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand to find out more. Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week's...

Duration: 00:28:31


Do we fear death less after a 'near-death experience'?

5/15/2017
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'Near-death experiences' come up often in films and novels - the idea of a 'white light' or experiencing meeting loved ones from years before. But are there common aspects to these experiences? And what sorts of consequences might they have once you have them? This week I speak with Dr Natasha Tassell-Matamua, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Massey University, New Zealand to find out more. Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week's...

Duration: 00:36:04


Your access to 12 episodes and over 4 hours of parenting advice from Dr Sarb Johal on @RNZ 's @NinetoNoon show #24

5/8/2017
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Welcome to this special edition of Who cares? What's the point? The podcast about the mind for people who think. In this short show, I talk briefly about my role as a parenting commentator on Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon show over the past 5 years. In these show notes, you can find links to 12 shows with over 4 hours of conversations about parenting between myself and Kathryn Ryan, the host of the show. Here's a list of the show links with a brief description of each show, in reverse...

Duration: 00:04:19


We know that divorce and health are linked - but how exactly does this link work? #23

5/1/2017
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It is pretty well established that the experience of marital; separation and divorce is a risk for a range of poor health outcomes, even many years after the event. But how are these events linked? Although the association is established, the pathway between the two is not well understood. In this episode, I talk with Professor David Sbarra, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona in the USA, where he is also the Director of Clinical Training in the Doctoral Program in...

Duration: 00:33:21


How climate change affects us mentally and socially, whether you believe in it or not #22

4/24/2017
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When you think about climate change- psychology and mental health may not be the first thing that you think of. However, the two are very much connected. As well as possible mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression, psychological responses to climate change such as fatalism, fear, helplessness and resignation are growing. These responses might be keeping us from addressing the core causes of and developing solutions for our changing climates and the consequences of this, as...

Duration: 00:40:37


How do 3-4 year olds think about hide and seek? #21

4/17/2017
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Have you played hide and seek with a small child and found them in seconds as they sit in the middle of the room with their eyes covered, convinced that you can't see them? In this episode, I talk with Asst Professor Henrike Moll, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern California in the USA. In this conversation, we focus on Henrike's work looking at the social-cognitive development of pre-schoolers and how they appear to apply a principle of bidirectional social...

Duration: 00:26:55


When we think about our own death, do we become more open to religious ideas? #20

4/10/2017
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Do we become more religious when we think about our own death. Or at least, less religiously skeptical? In this episode, I talk with Dr. Jonathan Jong, currently a Research Fellow at Coventry University, and Deputy Director of the Brain, Belief and Behaviour group there. He is also the Research Coordinator of the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford. In this conversation, we focus on Jonathan's PhD work - in New Zealand - on understanding the...

Duration: 00:47:46


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's a key discovery about how human memory is related to motion WCWTPs2e7

4/3/2017
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In this episode, I talk with Mark Schurgin, Graduate Fellow based in the Visual Thinking Lab at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. We talk about Mark's work combining his experience and knowledge of vision research memory, investigating how basic knowledge that we have about how the world works - our 'core knowledge' supports our memory about objects. We talk more about how Mark discovered this, and implications for processes such as machine learning for autonomous self-driving...

Duration: 00:41:10


How do people with multiracial (or multicultural) backgrounds navigate their social identity? WCWTPs2e6

3/27/2017
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In this episode, I talk with Dr. Sarah Gaither, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University in the USA. In this conversation, we focus on Sarah's work on understanding multiracial identities and the costs and benefits of navigating that social terrain. Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week's show: https://sites.duke.edu/dukeidlab/files/2016/08/MultiracialIdentityReview.Gaither.CDPS_.2015.pdf Here is the abstract for some...

Duration: 00:30:19


WCWTPs2e5 Do people prefer psychotherapy to drug therapy?

3/20/2017
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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 5 of the show. Who cares? What's the point? The podcast about the mind for people who think. In this episode, I talk with Dr Joshua Swift, Assistant Professor in Psychology, based at Idaho State University in the USA. In this conversation, we focus on Joshua's work with his colleagues on treatment refusal and premature termination in psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and their combination. Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week's...

Duration: 00:35:42


WCWTPs2e4 To sleep or not to sleep? That is the on-call question

3/13/2017
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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of the show. Who cares? What's the point? The podcast about the mind for people who think. In this episode, I talk with Professor Sally Ferguson, based at the Appleton Institute in Adelaide, Australia, and Deputy Dean of Research in the School of Human Health and Social Sciences at Central Queensland University. In this conversation, we focus on Sally's work on the effects of restricted sleep on performance for people who are on-call. Here is the link to...

Duration: 00:43:50


WCWTPs2e3 Why do we tend to pick objects in the centre?

3/6/2017
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Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of the show. Who cares? What's the point? The podcast about the mind for people who think. In this episode, I talk with Dr Ute Kreplin who is based at Massey University's School of Psychology in New Zealand. In this conversation, we focus on Ute's work on the Centre Stage effect. Here is the link to the paper we talk about in this week's...

Duration: 00:35:31


WCWTP Challenge: Join me as my guest at Speaking with Purpose in Wellington on 27 March 2017

2/28/2017
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Welcome to this bonus challenge show. Want to learn how to storytell? Join me as guest of the Who cares? What's the point? podcast at the amazing Speaking with Purpose event on 27 March ($500+ value) in Wellington, NZ (you will need to make your own way there). Listen to this short show and check out the flyer attached to find out how. Complete three steps in this challenge: Facebook.com/wcwtp In case you’re forgotten, here’s a link to the show: wcwtp.libsyn.com Mail me at...

Duration: 00:03:16

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