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September 20, 2014

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9:18 PM | EXACTLY HOW IRRATIONAL ARE DELUSIONS? Raj Persaud talks to Lisa Bortolotti
DOWNLOADABLE PODCAST Raj Persaud in conversation with Lisa Bortolotti – Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham – discussing her latest book on delusions and irrationality Lisa Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at Birmingham University and her main research area is the philosophy of cognitive science. In her work she has focused so far […]
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9:18 PM | IS THERE SUCH A THING AS ‘FUNERAL MANIA’? Raj Persaud in conversation with Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Katherine Keyes DOWNLOADABLE PODCAST
Katherine Keyes is Associate Professor of Epidemiology Columbia University and with serveral colleagues had published a study in the American Journal of Psychiatry investigating what happens when people suffer one of the worst stresses of all – the unexpected death of a loved one. The Burden of Loss: Unexpected Death of a Loved One and […]

September 17, 2014

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4:30 PM | The Psychology of Forgiveness
The Psychology of Forgiveness [Article via Psychology Today. Click above for full post] Forgiveness is a loaded word. It’s been tossed around self-help circles for years, but little has been made of what the science behind forgiveness can teach us... Read More ›
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1:24 PM | Pride comes before a fall – are Scots too proud? Why excessive national pride is bad for everyone. Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen
Pride comes before a fall – are Scots too proud? Why excessive national pride is bad for everyone. Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen Whatever the outcome of the vote on Scottish independence, the campaign has been marked by a surge of Scottish pride and nationalism. Both sides of the debate have united over the idea […]
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8:22 AM | Pride Comes Before a Fall - Are Scots too Proud?
Whatever the outcome of the vote on Scottish independence, the campaign has been marked by a surge of Scottish pride and nationalism. Both sides of the debate have united over the idea that it's wonderful to be proud to be Scottish. But is it possible that excessive nationalism could damage Scotland?

September 16, 2014

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11:30 PM | Quote Therapy – by Dr. Stephen R. Covey
“Coherence suggests that there is harmony, unity, and integrity between your vision and mission, your roles and goals, your priorities and plans, and your desires and discipline.” Stephen R. Covey
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8:31 AM | Raj Persaud in conversation with Professor Jeremy Holmes – can Tolstoy help us understand depression?
Jeremy Holmes is a psychiatrist and Professor of psychotherapy at the University of Exeter.  He is best known for his work in Attachment Theory and its applications to psychotherapy and psychiatry.  He also has written extensively on the relationship between literature and psychiatry,  most recently in his book The Therapeutic Imagination: Using literature to deepen […]

September 13, 2014

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7:02 PM | Dr Raj Persaud in conversation with Jeremy Beider on the psychology of sleeping and sleep problems
Dr Jeremy Beider talks to Raj Persaud about the psychology of sleep on this downloadable audio podcast – click the link below.   Problems sleeping are one of the commonest difficulties that doctors in the UK deal with – possibly leading to massive over-prescribing of hypnotic drugs which can be highly addictive. What are the […]

September 12, 2014

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5:26 PM | Can psychology explain what happened between Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp? Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen
Can psychology explain what happened between Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp?   Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen   Although there has been a verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial, will this satisfy global curiosity as to what happened on the night that Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius?   The judgement appears to hinge […]
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11:58 AM | Can Psychology Explain What Happened Between Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp?
Although there has been a verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial, will this satisfy global curiosity as to what happened on the night that Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius?

September 09, 2014

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9:35 AM | Does the US Tennis Open, and Rory Mcllroy, prove marriage ruins male competitiveness? Raj Persaud and Adrian Furnham
Does the US Tennis Open, and Rory Mcllroy, prove marriage ruins male competitiveness?   Raj Persaud and Adrian Furnham   The US Open Tennis final is contested by a set of new young tennis players, who appear to be finally unseating the ‘old guard’, including Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. This is how a series […]

September 08, 2014

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10:07 PM | Raj Persaud in conversation with Oxford University Sociologist Aaron Reeves – how did the recession lead to 10,000 excess suicides
[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3055287/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/yes/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Aaron Reeves is a post-doctoral researcher and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford. He is also a post-doctoral research fellow at Nuffield College and his research interests include: […]
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8:35 PM | Does the US Tennis Open, and Rory Mcllroy, prove marriage ruins male competitiveness? Raj Persaud and Adrian Furnham
Does the US Tennis Open, and Rory Mcllroy, prove marriage ruins male competitiveness?   Raj Persaud and Adrian Furnham   The US Open Tennis final is contested by a set of new young tennis players, who appear to be finally unseating the ‘old guard’, including Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. This is how a series […]
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8:16 PM | Raj Persaud in conversation with Heidi Feldman Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University
[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3055134/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/yes/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Professor Heidi Feldman discusses her recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine on ADHD Attention Deficit–Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents Heidi M. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael I. Reiff, […]
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7:55 PM | Headstarters Part 2
[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3055091/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/yes/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Despite playing the role of grumpy old man and attempting to discourage them from entering the field – do these young enthusiastic psychiatrists take the bait and run? Or do they argue with Raj that psychiatry has a lot […]
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12:55 PM | Does the US Tennis Open, and Rory Mcllroy, prove marriage ruins male competitiveness?
Daniel Farrelly and Daniel Nettle investigated male tennis players who had appeared in the top 100 players in the ATP singles rankings at the end of each year, from 1995 to 2005. Their investigation found married players suffered a significant decrease in ranking points between the year before getting married, and the year after, whereas there was no such difference in performance for unmarried players, during the corresponding time period.
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12:09 AM | Raj Persaud talks to a man whose son developed a severe psychotic illness
[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3053425/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Nick describes an all too familiar battle that carers have of getting NHS psychiatry services to take the concerns of carers and relatives seriously. As a result of being ignored when they tried to inform services, the son became […]

September 07, 2014

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11:47 PM | Raj Persaud in conversation with Ummni Khan – author of a new book entitled ‘Vicarious Kinks – S/M in the socio-legal imaginary’
[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3053382/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS WEBSITE: Who decides where “normal” stops and “perverse” begins? In Vicarious Kinks, Ummni Khan looks at the mass of claims that film, feminism, the human […]
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11:10 PM | Raj Persaud talks to Annalin who developed severe Post-Natal Depression
[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3053299/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Annalin describes how it feels to get severe depression despite what is supposed to be one of highlights of any woman’s life – the birth of her first child. She discusses with psychiatrist Raj Persaud possible causes […]

September 02, 2014

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11:15 PM | Raj Persaud in conversation with Jacqueline Hopson – literary scholar investigating portrayal of psychiatrists in fiction
[iframe style="border:none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3044599/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/theme/legacy" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Jacqueling Hopson is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield and has just published a paper on the demonization of psychiatrists in fiction in The Psychiatric Bulletin – Raj Persaud discusses with her why her research […]
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4:30 PM | Quote Therapy – by Elizabeth Lesser
“Most of the things we think about each other we’ve made up.” Elizabeth Lesser

August 29, 2014

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10:48 AM | Rotherham and ‘playing the race card’ – Psychologists investigate whether perpetrator’s race protects against being found guilty. Dr Raj Persaud and Professor Adrian Furnham
Rotherham and ‘playing the race card’ – Psychologists investigate whether perpetrator’s race protects against being found guilty.   Dr Raj Persaud and Professor Adrian Furnham One of the reasons, it is argued, that extensive sexual abuse and child exploitation was tolerated for so long in Rotherham, is that the race of the perpetrators might have […]

August 26, 2014

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5:00 PM | Quote Therapy – Cindy Crawford
“Sometimes knowing what you don’t want or what doesn’t work gets you one step closer to what you do want and what does work.” Cindy Crawford

August 25, 2014

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1:28 PM | Can the FPIES Moms Save the Miso Children?
Look who's helping children with misophoniaread more

August 22, 2014

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4:30 PM | The Truth Will Set You Free
The Truth Will Set You Free [Article via Psychology Today. Click above for full post] Every week during a group counseling session I facilitate, people go around and check-in about their current thoughts and feelings. What I’ve been noticing since... Read More ›
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3:45 AM | After the Robin William’s tragedy – will there by copycats? Raj Persaud and Professor Sir Simon Wessely (President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)
After the Robin William’s tragedy – will there by copycats?   Raj Persaud and Professor Sir Simon Wessely (President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists)   Robert Enke, a very famous German football goal keeper, killed himself on the railway on 10th November 2009.   The number of railway suicidal acts, in the following two […]
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