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ALL IN THE MIND
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Wednesday 16:30-17:00
Dr Raj Persaud explores the limits and potential of the mind, revealing the latest research and bringing together experts and commentators from the worlds of psychiatry, psychology and mental health.
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Wednesday 05 March 2003
Brain Scan

DANGEROUS AND SEVERE PERSONALITY DISORDER

In the light of new recommendations that those with DSPD (also known as psychopaths) should be locked up even if they haven’t committed a crime, Dr Raj Persaud asks Dr Bob Johnson, consultant psychiatrist and co-founder of the James Nayler Foundation and Anthony Maden, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Imperial College and Clinical Director of Dangerously Severe Personality Disorder services at Broadmoor Hospital, whether psychopaths are untreatable, as previously believed, or whether there is hope that they can change.

GOLDEN RATIO

Have you ever wondered why some paintings appeal to you more than others when you visit an art gallery?  Of course it could simply be that it’s a nice picture, but psychologists believe there’s something called the Golden Rectangle.  If paintings contain shapes with the ratio of the Golden Rectangle, we automatically like them better.  Claudia Hammond tests this theory at London’s National Gallery with the help of John Sharp, teacher in Geometry and art and Chris McManus, Professor of Psychology at University College London.

Click here to see the paintings and to test the theory of the Golden Ratio

CREATING A ‘FLAT MAP’ OF THE HUMAN BRAIN

Would we be able to see more of what’s going on in the brain if we smoothed out all the creases and flattened it out?

A team of mathematicians and neurologists including Monica Hurdal, Professor of Mathematics at Florida State University has been working on producing a ‘flat map’of the brain using information from functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) scans.

Dr Raj Persaud talks to Monica Hurdal about the map which would allow researchers to observe the entire surface of the brain, particularly regions buried within cortical folds.  Dr Persaud also asks Mick Brammer, Professor of Image Analysis at the Institute of Psychiatry in London about the advantages of a ‘flat map’ of the human brain in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.

Additional information:

James Nayler Foundation
P.O.Box 235
York
YO1 7YW
Tel: 01904 624 993

Emotional Health
by Bob Johnson
James Nayler Foundation
ISBN 1 904327 00 1

Conference: ‘Towards emotional health – views from the front line’
10.00 am - 4.15 pm on Saturday 15 March 2003
Methodist Central Church
St. Saviour gate
York
YO1 8NQ
Tel: 01904 624 993

Imperial College
Charing Cross Hospital
St. Dunstan's Road
London
W6 8RP
Tel: 020 7589 5111

Department of Health Dangerous & Severe Personality Disorder Programme (D&SPD)

D&SPD Programme
Home Office
Room 204
50 Queen Anne’s Gate
London
SW1H 9AT
Tel: 020 7273 2156

Mental Health Unit
Home Office
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London
SW1H 9AT
Tel: 020 7273 4029

University College London
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: 020 7679 2000

Florida State University
Tallahassee
Florida
32306
USA
Tel: 001 850 644 2525

Box PO22
Brain Image Analysis Unit
Department of Biostatistics Institute of Psychiatry
King's College London
De Crespigny Park
London
SE5 8AF
Tel: 020 7836 5454
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