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ALL IN THE MIND
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All in the Mind
Wednesday 16:30-17:00
Exploring the limits and potential of the mind
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Tuesday 26 June 2007
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Professor Raj Persaud
Raj Persaud hears how neuroscience is being used to enhance the performance of elite racing drivers and talks to the psychiatrist in charge of re-building Iraq’s devastated mental health services.
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FORMULA 1 DRIVERS
Raj Persaud finds out how the latest advances in neuroscience are gaining the edge in Formula 1 and peers into the mind of a Formula 1 racing driver, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Does what goes on in the driver’s mind determine which car first crosses the finishing line?

Honda’s top driver, Jenson Button, who last year won the Hungarian Grand Prix and in the second half of the season, won more points than any other driver, explains what mental preparation is needed to drive at 220 miles per hour.

Tony Lycholat is Head of Human Performance at Honda and the man responsible for keeping Jenson’s mind on track; he describes his role.

Twenty two year old Lewis Hamilton has astounded Formula 1 fans and won a place in the history books by ending up on the podium at every race this season and winning the past two Grand Prix in America and Canada.  Dr Kerry Spackman is a neuroscientist, who as a consultant to the Maclaren team, has worked with Lewis Hamilton, helping to prepare him for his very first season in Formula 1. 
Dr Spackman talks about his research, which shows that in Formula 1 some cars are faster than others, but that the driver is the key to better speed.

IRAQ MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
In 2003, after the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein, Dr Sabah Sadik went back to his country to visit his family.  He had originally trained as a psychiatrist but had left in 1979 to work in the UK. He describes what he found in Iraq after three wars, years of sanctions and continuing violence; 25 million people with just 91 psychiatrists. 
Dr Sabah Sadik is now National Advisor for Mental Health to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, helping to rebuild the country's mental health services.
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Jenson Button, English Formula One racing driver. Jenson currently competes for the Honda Racing F1 team.

Dr Kerry Spackman, Neuroscientist who ‘specialises in elite training for people who are already ranked in the World Top 20 of their sport and who now wish to progress to World Number 1’.

Dr Sabah Sadik, National Advisor for Mental Health to the Iraqi Ministry of Health

Conflict and Mental Health: An Iraqi Perspective
Talk by Dr Sabah Sadik given at the Annual Meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Edinburgh International Conference Centre (19 - 22 June 2007)

Mental health Services in Iraq: past, present and future
By Sabah Sadik and Abdul-Monaf Al-Jadiry
Royal College of Psychiatrists – International Psychiatry October 2006
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