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Tuesday 17 June 2008
The programme that examines how we think and why we behave as we do, with psychologist, Claudia Hammond.
SYNAESTHESIA In Synaesthesia – where two or more senses are inter-connected, the letter A might be yellow, or the word fragile might taste of mint. It may sound strange, but most of us will know six or seven people with synaesthesia. It runs in families. Some see it as a disorder, others see it as a gift. The subject will be a familiar one for regular AITM listeners, but now new research has shown that synaesthesia exists in even more forms than we used to think. Claudia went to Sussex University to meet Dr Jamie Ward, who’s the author of The Frog Who Croaked Blue, and to try out some of his ground-breaking work for herself. Read your responses to this item.
ADHD, KIDS AND DRUGS Every year the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD goes up. The drug Ritalin is a common treatment, but new draft guidelines from NICE are making some radical suggestions about treatment. They’ll say the under fives shouldn’t have the drugs at all, and, older children, unless it’s very severe should be offered psychological support and their parents, training programmes, before drugs are even considered. Dr Ilina Singh is the Wellcome Trust Bioethics and Society lecturer at the London School of Economics and for the past decade, she’s been researching the attitudes and views of children and young people with ADHD: what they think about their illness and about the drugs they are given to treat it. All in the Mind talked to a group of children with ADHD about their views of taking Ritalin and to Dr Ilina Singh on her ongoing study about ADHD, children and medication in the UK and the USA.
ROW OVER PSYCHOLOGISTS WORKING AT GUANTANAMO BAY AND CIA "BLACK SITES" In the United States doctors, nurses and psychiatrists are all banned by their professional organisations from taking part in interrogations, but this is not the case with psychologists . It is an issue which has deeply split The American Psychological Association. One of the latest protest resignations is Professor Beth Shinn, the former head of two APA divisions. She talks to Claudia