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Integrated consciousness: A framework for making sense of the world around and 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 […]

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The surprising upside of worrying #28

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 […]

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

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 […]

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1747 people talk about their experience taking antidepressants

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 […]

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

‘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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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