As part of a special series of extended interviews with leading scientists, Rana Mitter talks to Chris and Uta Frith, who are eminent neuroscientists as well as husband and wife.
As part of the BBC's year of science programmes, Night Waves is running a special series of extended interviews with leading scientists from Britain and the rest of the world. Each month scientific figures talk about their research specialism, their wider scientific views, their personal background and their involvement with broader cultural and political questions.
Tonight, Rana Mitter interviews husband and wife team Chris and Uta Frith. Both are eminent neuroscientists, leaders in their fields - Chris Frith, Emeritus Professor at the Wellcome Trust specialises in schizophrenia and Uta Frith, Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London in autism - which means that they both working in what has been called "the social brain". Rana talks to them about the nature of these illnesses, the strong public perception of them, and the illnesses' sometimes very high political profile - and how the latest wide-ranging scientific research on the brain is changing our understanding of them. And Rana asks them: how does a scientific relationship co-exist with a marriage?