Everything that happens between your ears
There’s strong pressure on universities to do something about spiralling student mental health problems, but what is best?
Trypophobia is the fear of clusters of holes and cracks.
Anna Lewis caught up with Dixon Chibanda, the bench’s creator, to see how the project has grown over the past year.
Psychological tools developed with Aboriginal people can support Australian farmers when climate change threatens their land.
Catherine Carver and Hannah Bissett reflect on the power of sharing stories in aiding their recovery from postpartum psychosis.
Researchers are only just beginning to really understand anaesthesia awareness.
General anaesthetic is supposed to make surgery painless. But now there’s evidence that one person in 20 may be awake when doctors think they’re under.
This reading list accompanies our story on Zimbabwe’s Friendship Bench project.
One bright idea to treat depression is spreading far and wide.
Social worker Beth lost a patient to suicide, but didn’t feel entitled to process it as a personal loss.
This reading list accompanies our story on compulsive hair pulling.
Body-focused repetitive behaviours blight many people’s lives.
What it’s like to live with trichotillomania.
New research suggests a vital link between our ability to sense our physical bodies and knowing how we feel.
An early halt to a trial of deep brain stimulation for depression reveals little about the treatment but more about the changing nature of clinical trials.
Understanding why suicide rates in Puerto Rico have risen by a third since Hurricane Maria could help us prepare for future natural disasters.
Peter Forbes reports on the potential first treatment for this devastating condition.
Using sleep deprivation to combat severe depression may seem odd, but for some it’s the only thing that works.
Shortly after his 21st birthday, Henry Nicholls began to experience symptoms of narcolepsy, a debilitating disorder that’s plagued him ever since. Sleep research is progressing, so why are he and others like him still waiting for a cure?
Vanessa Potter unexpectedly lost her sight. As she recovered, her senses mingled and hearing and touch changed the way she saw the world.
Simon Usborne meets the people working to stop suicide for good.
Could understanding canine compulsions help find new treatments for people with obsessive–compulsive disorders too? Shayla Love investigates.
Catherine Carver recounts her terrifying journey into postpartum psychosis – and how she found healing in unexpected ways.
What happens when dissociative identity disorder takes away your sense of being an individual?
Five quirks of memory that can mess with your sense of reality.
When a brain tumour left Pat Long with persistent déjà vu, he began to question the very nature of reality. Here, he tells his story for the first time.
Experiments on newly infatuated people show that passion could be a natural painkiller.
Aching, throbbing, searing, excruciating – pain is difficult to describe and impossible to see. So how can doctors tell how much it hurts? John Walsh finds out about new ways of assessing the agony.
Shayla Love wants to know if she is carrying biological traces of her grandparents’ experiences in China.
Half of people with Parkinson’s disease experience hallucinations, paranoia and delusions. Mary O’Hara reports on a new hope.
Boxers know they risk injury in the ring. But there’s a more insidious danger they don’t often talk about: the long-term brain damage that repeated blows to the head can cause. Lyra McKee meets the families who are breaking the silence.
The pain and sorrow of bereavement is supposed to get easier to bear as time passes. But what if it doesn’t? Psychiatrists call it ‘complicated grief’ – and it can be treated. Andrea Volpe reports.
Gaia Vince celebrates the newcomers in our evolving linguistic landscape.
Language is all around us but where does it sit inside us?
A burst aneurysm caused bilingual Basia Grzybowska to lose both her English and her Polish. Now she has recovered – partly.
Are people who speak only one language missing out? Gaia Vince reports on the benefits of being bilingual.
Being overly sensitive to sights and sounds can be deeply traumatic, but there may be an upside. By Emma Young.
Love is not enough for a child to get over a difficult start in life. Lucy Maddox asks: what is?
Why are some people able to become happy, well-adjusted adults even after growing up with violence or neglect? Their life stories – from 1950s Hawaii to the orphanages of Romania – could provide answers that will help more children to thrive. By Lucy Maddox.
In this talk for 5x15, Gaia Vince discusses the remarkable nerve that connects our brain to the rest of our vital organs.
In a talk for 5x15, Charles Fernyhough explores what he has learned in over a decade of study on auditory hallucinations - people who hear voices.
What have we learned over the past several decades about this illness? We hear from author Carrie Arnold.
In this talk for 5x15, author Jo Marchant discusses the connections between the mind and the immune system.
Roger Highfield discusses consciousness, brain scanning and permanent vegetative state.
Carrie Arnold shares her experience of more than 15 years of anorexia.
Adults with anorexia often have distinctive traits that lock them into a destructive relationship with food. Carrie Arnold discovers how those same traits could help them escape it.
Jo Marchant asks if we can harness the mind to reduce side-effects and slash drug costs.
In Northern Ireland, more people took their own lives in the 16 years after the Troubles than died during them. Why? Lyra McKee finds out.
In a town in Switzerland, people with cancer are taking LSD.
Notoriously illegal and synonymous with hedonism, LSD and ecstasy started life as aids to psychotherapy. Sam Wong meets the band of psychiatrists who are looking to reclaim them for medicine again.
Malaria was among the biggest killers faced by prisoners of war. They fought it with a high-stakes gamble and a bamboo whisk.
We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true? Will Storr wades through the facts and fiction.
Treating disease could become far more precise by using bioelectronics rather than drugs.
Gaia Vince describes a device that deals directly with the nervous system to help control obesity.
Is your nervous system being hacked by the bacteria in your gut? Gaia Vince investigates.
One nerve connects your vital organs, sensing and shaping your health. If we learn to control it, the future of medicine will be electric. By Gaia Vince.
In every country in the world, male suicides outnumber female. Will Storr asks why.
Glenn King thinks his lab may have discovered a major breakthrough in pain relief. In centipedes.
How did benzodiazepines become the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the world in just a decade?
If you could take the high out of drugs, what would be the point in taking them? Sujata Gupta meets the unorthodox doctor who thinks he can block some of the world’s most addictive pills.
We expect chimps to be clever but are sceptical when other animals pass similar mental tests.
Do our thoughts and feelings distort the way we understand animal minds? Peter Aldhous argues that to grasp what intelligence is, we need to think differently.
Jemima Hodkinson investigates a seemingly paradoxical experience.
Is voice hearing the result of how our brains model the world around us?
Naloxone can reverse an otherwise fatal heroin overdose within minutes. Carrie Arnold meets the doctors who put this remarkable drug in the hands of the police, families and addicts—and saved thousands of lives.
The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable ability.
Exercise is one of the best ways to boost resilience, writes Emma Young.
Could a new discovery pave the way for a resilience-boosting drug?
A programme is teaching UK kids to live in the now, so they can be stronger later.
Can children be made more psychologically ‘resilient’ to traumas like 9/11 – as well as the stress of everyday life? Emma Young meets a former school principal who believes they can.
Why do chillies get us hot under the collar?
Barry J Gibb on how his latest film came to be.
Twink, Professor Nick Craddock and film-maker Barry J Gibb discuss Last Chance Saloon in a special Q&A session held in Cardiff.
Drop the ‘language of disorder’, argues Peter Kinderman. Instead we should help people on the basis of their individual need.
How do you illustrate depression? Martin Rowson describes how he developed his cartoons.
How do I explain an existence dominated by the bleakest, darkest moods? And do I even want to? By Jenny Diski.
A snail woke up in a museum one day...
Could a drug induce suspended animation? One scientist has a lead.
The extreme survival tricks of hibernators could help us overcome life-threatening injuries, Frank Swain discovers.
Scientists are collecting stories of the near-death experiences of coma patients.
Despite much thought and ingenuity, neuroscience still struggles to define what consciousness is.
Each week, patients from across Europe are wheeled in to the Coma Science Group in Liège.
Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them. Roger Highfield reports.
Twink was once official photographer to The Jam. See a selection of his photos.
Each time we fix up a Mosaic conversation, we ask our subject to bring with them an item.
Exploring the tangled roots of human nature, violence, feminism and religion with one of the world’s most controversial cognitive scientists.
Perhaps the most brutal decisions in writing concern what to leave out. But Alzheimer’s disease is complicated. Here are a few of the intricacies Michael Regnier discussed with scientists while researching ‘The Alzheimer’s enigma’.
Michael Regnier on why detective fiction is an apt metaphor for Alzheimer’s disease research – and science.
The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?