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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 2 January 2007
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Claudia Hammond examines the everyday psychological challenges we face and delves deeper into how our brains work. 
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TEENSCREEN
Mental Health Screening programmes in the USA have been growing. Teenscreen, a programme developed at Columbia University, is one of the biggest. It now covers schools in 43 states across North America.
When Chelsea Rhoades was 15 she was given a mental health screening examination without her parents' knowledge at her High School in Indiana. The Rhoades family is suing the school for violating the parents' constitutional rights to control the care, custody and upbringing of their daughter.
Claudia Hammond speaks to Chelsea’s mother, Teresa Rhoades and John Whitehead, President and Founder of The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties organisation, representing the Rhoades family in this case. She also talks to Melvin Oatis, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine's Child Study Center and UK-based Joanna Moncrieff of the Critical Psychiatry Network.

WASHING YOURSELF CLEAN
New research suggests that there’s more to washing than keeping your body clean. For centuries religions have incorporated an element of physical cleansing, we might talk of “washing away” our sins, money laundering, a clean record, feeling dirty if we’ve behaved badly; even Shakespeare made the link explicit with Lady Macbeth….. Many people think that there’s some sort of link between moral and physical purity. Professor Chen-Bo Zhong and Katie Liljenquist have come up with some experiments to investigate this link. Their paper entitled Washing Away Your Sins: Threatened Morality and Physical Cleansing has just been published in the journal Science. Claudia Hammond is joined by Chen-Bo Zhong Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour, University of Toronto to discuss the findings.

FLOODING
In low income countries large scale flooding leads to devastation and death, but even after a small flood where no one drowns the consequences for mental health can be much more severe than expected. Research found that half of people whose homes were flooded in Lewes in the year 2000 had clinically diagnosable levels of depression a year later. Ali and Sue from East Peckham in Kent describe the effect flooding has had on them. Dr Mark Reacher, an epidemiologist from the Health Protection Agency and co-author of Health impacts of flooding in Lewes: a comparison of reported gastrointestinal and other illness and mental health in flooded and non-flooded households discusses the psychological impact of such disasters.
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