Category Archives: Podcast

4 in 5 people experience a mental health disorder by midlife. What do we know about those who don’t?

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

Learning to 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 […]

Creating consciousness: Our brain’s top-down, bottom-up framework for making sense of the world around & within us

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 […]

The surprising upsides of worrying

The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You By Robert L. Leahy Phd Buy on Amazon 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 […]

If we write our name on an object, will we recycle it or trash it?

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 […]

1747 people talk about their experience taking antidepressants

Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do By Ashley L Peterson Buy on Amazon 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. […]

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

Death, Immortality, and Meaning in Life (FDMNTLS PHILOS) By John Martin Fischer Buy on Amazon ‘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 […]

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

The Divorce Recovery Workbook: How to Heal from Anger, Hurt, and Resentment and Build the Life You Want By Mark S. Rye PhD, Crystal Dea Moore PhD Buy on Amazon 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 […]

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

Being the Change: A New Kind of Climate Documentary Starring Peter Kalmus, Ed Begley Jr., Mike Farrell Buy on Amazon 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 […]