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ALL IN THE MIND
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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
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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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Tuesday 9 November 2004
Brain Scan

LOVE AND LUST
 
Is love just a chemical state with genetic roots and environmental influences? New research suggests that there might be drugs or genetic therapies which can help people to fall in love, or perhaps fix broken relationships.
 
Many scientists believe that administering serotonin can help someone get over a bad love affair faster and that by doing novel things with your long-term partner it is possible to trick the brain into feeling romantic love.
 
Raj Persaud talks Dr Helen Fisher, Research Professor and member of the Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University about her research.
 
EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS
 
The reliability of the eyewitness remains one of the primary concerns of forensic psychology. Despite the huge advances in forensic science, such as DNA profiling, the majority of cases that are dealt with by the courts today are still resolved by analysing the credibility of witness accounts.
 
Research and well-publicised miscarriages of justice have demonstrated that eyewitness memory is fallible, and psychologists now play a significant role in assisting jurors to analyse the credibility of witness evidence.
 
Raj Persaud finds out how difficult it is to recall something accurately when he takes part in a memory recall experiment led by Dr Fiona Gabbert, Department of Cognitive Psychology at Aberdeen University. Raj Persaud also talks to Andrew Rolph former police officer and Manager of the Identification Bureau for the Grampian Police, about the issues surrounding the accuracy of eyewitness memory from perceiving the event to giving evidence in court.
 
EMETPHOBIA
 
Emetophobia is the irrational and overwhelming fear of throwing up and it's the sixth most common phobia in the UK.
 
Raj Persaud talks to Leanne Ingram who suffers from emetophobia and is also joined by Dr David Veale, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Priory Hospital in North London, who will be presenting a paper on Vomit Phobia at the Anxiety Disorders Conference in Manchester on Saturday.

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Dr Helen Fisher 
Rutgers University, Department of Anthropology, Center for Human, Evolutionary Studies
 
Dr Fiona Gabbert
School of Psychology, College of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Aberdeen
 
Memory Conformity: Can eyewitnesses influence each other's memories for an event?
Gabbert F, Memon A & Allan K (2003) Applied Cognitive Psychology
issue 17 - page: 533-543
 
Improving the identification accuracy of senior witnesses: Do pre-lineup questions and sequential testing help?
Memon A & Gabbert F (2003)
Journal Applie Psychology
issue 88 - page: 341-347
 
Unravelling the effects of sequential presentation in culprit present lineups
Memon A & Gabbert F (in press)
Applied Cognitive Psychology
 
Grampian Police Identification Bureau
 
Dr David Veale
 
Anxiety Disorders conference
Saturday 13 November and Sunday 14 November at The Manchester Conference Centre
 
The National Phobics Society phone-in support service for its members affected by emetophobia (vomit phobia). The service runs every Tuesday evening from 7-9pm. For further information contact NPS on 0870 7700456. 
 
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