Everything that happens between your ears
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?
Exploring the tangled roots of human nature, violence, feminism and religion with one of the world’s most controversial cognitive scientists.
Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them. Roger Highfield reports.
The extreme survival tricks of hibernators could help us overcome life-threatening injuries, Frank Swain discovers.
How do I explain an existence dominated by the bleakest, darkest moods? And do I even want to? By Jenny Diski.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In every country in the world, male suicides outnumber female. Will Storr asks why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jo Marchant asks if we can harness the mind to reduce side-effects and slash drug costs.
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.
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.
Being overly sensitive to sights and sounds can be deeply traumatic, but there may be an upside. By Emma Young.
Are people who speak only one language missing out? Gaia Vince reports on the benefits of being bilingual.
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.
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.
Half of people with Parkinson’s disease experience hallucinations, paranoia and delusions. Mary O’Hara reports on a new hope.
Shayla Love wants to know if she is carrying biological traces of her grandparents’ experiences in China.
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.
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.
What happens when dissociative identity disorder takes away your sense of being an individual?
Catherine Carver recounts her terrifying journey into postpartum psychosis – and how she found healing in unexpected ways.
Could understanding canine compulsions help find new treatments for people with obsessive–compulsive disorders too? Shayla Love investigates.
Simon Usborne meets the people working to stop suicide for good.
Vanessa Potter unexpectedly lost her sight. As she recovered, her senses mingled and hearing and touch changed the way she saw the world.
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?
Michael Regnier on why detective fiction is an apt metaphor for Alzheimer’s disease research – and science.
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’.
Each week, patients from across Europe are wheeled in to the Coma Science Group in Liège.
Despite much thought and ingenuity, neuroscience still struggles to define what consciousness is.
Scientists are collecting stories of the near-death experiences of coma patients.
Could a drug induce suspended animation? One scientist has a lead.
A snail woke up in a museum one day...
How do you illustrate depression? Martin Rowson describes how he developed his cartoons.
Drop the ‘language of disorder’, argues Peter Kinderman. Instead we should help people on the basis of their individual need.
Twink, Professor Nick Craddock and film-maker Barry J Gibb discuss Last Chance Saloon in a special Q&A session held in Cardiff.
Barry J Gibb on how his latest film came to be.
Why do chillies get us hot under the collar?
A programme is teaching UK kids to live in the now, so they can be stronger later.
Could a new discovery pave the way for a resilience-boosting drug?
Is voice hearing the result of how our brains model the world around us?
Jemima Hodkinson investigates a seemingly paradoxical experience.
We expect chimps to be clever but are sceptical when other animals pass similar mental tests.
How did benzodiazepines become the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the world in just a decade?
Glenn King thinks his lab may have discovered a major breakthrough in pain relief. In centipedes.
Is your nervous system being hacked by the bacteria in your gut? Gaia Vince investigates.
Gaia Vince describes a device that deals directly with the nervous system to help control obesity.
Treating disease could become far more precise by using bioelectronics rather than drugs.
Malaria was among the biggest killers faced by prisoners of war. They fought it with a high-stakes gamble and a bamboo whisk.
In a town in Switzerland, people with cancer are taking LSD.
Carrie Arnold shares her experience of more than 15 years of anorexia.
Roger Highfield discusses consciousness, brain scanning and permanent vegetative state.
In this talk for 5x15, author Jo Marchant discusses the connections between the mind and the immune system.
What have we learned over the past several decades about this illness? We hear from author Carrie Arnold.
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.
In this talk for 5x15, Gaia Vince discusses the remarkable nerve that connects our brain to the rest of our vital organs.
Love is not enough for a child to get over a difficult start in life. Lucy Maddox asks: what is?
A burst aneurysm caused bilingual Basia Grzybowska to lose both her English and her Polish. Now she has recovered – partly.
Language is all around us but where does it sit inside us?
Gaia Vince celebrates the newcomers in our evolving linguistic landscape.
Exercise is one of the best ways to boost resilience, writes Emma Young.
Experiments on newly infatuated people show that passion could be a natural painkiller.
Five quirks of memory that can mess with your sense of reality.
Each time we fix up a Mosaic conversation, we ask our subject to bring with them an item.