Claudia Hammond reports on 3D body scanners and eating disorders, the rise of the 'neuro-novel', and teenagers' brains.

Airport Scanners to help with Distorted Body Image

People with eating disorders often have a distorted view of their own bodies. Researchers at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen are now using 3-D body scanners to test whether giving this accurate feedback of body shape could help in the treatment of life-threatening illnesses like anorexia and bulimia.

Chit-Lit, Scandi-Lit...now Neuro-Lit !

Why neuroscience is taking a leading role in the modern novel. Claudia Hammond talks to science writer, Jonah Lehrer, and to academic psychologist and writer, Charles Fernyhough, about the emergence of brain science in literature and considers whether new understanding of the brain can enrich fiction in the same way that Darwinism or Psychoanalysis did.

Teenagers' Brains and Social Rejection

It's long been known that adolescents are particularly vulnerable to being left out. They get hurt and feel the rejection very keenly. Research by Dr Catherine Sebastian at the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit at University College London suggests this response could be explained by the developing teenage brain.

Producer: Fiona Hill.

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28 minutes


  • 3-D Body Scanners and Eating Disorders

    Dr Arthur Stewart from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, describes how 3-D body scanners can help patients with eating disorders to tackle their distorted body image

    Duration: 07:40

  • Neuroscience and the Novel: Neuro-Lit?

    Brain writer, Jonah Lehrer and developmental psychologist and novelist, Charles Fernyhough, discuss the appearance of neuroscience in literature

    Duration: 09:25

  • Teenagers Brains’ and Social Rejection

    It’s well-known that teenagers feel social rejection very acutely. Dr Catherine Sebastian from University College London believes the explanation could lie in the developing adolescent brain

    Duration: 08:35


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