At the ABC I have worked in both long and short form television and radio. Below are a few demos:
Many of us use exercise to beat the blues.
But what’s less talked about is just how good it is for people with mental health issues.
This week Off Track goes from the bush to the surf with two very different organisations that are both using the healing power of nature to fight mental illness; one by organising bushwalking trips, the other – out behind the last breaker, on the hunt for that one perfect wave..
When there’s a job to be done, the army moves in.
After the October bushfires in the Blue Mountains in NSW, the 6th Engineer Support Regiment joins local residents for the clean-up.
It’s rare to find anywhere untouched by human influence – we live in, on, and around the natural world.
Sometimes this influence is good, sometimes it’s bad, and sometimes we just do whatever we can to manage life lived on the fringe of nature.
This week, Off Track explores how humans interact with the natural world.
I also have upcoming programs in 2014 on Health Report and Body Sphere
Radio documentary – producing
The surprising science of sleep and daydreaming. Letting your mind wander involves complex brain activity and facilitates problem solving, creativity and even enhances our sense of identity.
Also, scientific sleep studies are showing that our memory can be enhanced and we can learn new things … all while we’re quietly snoozing. This program looks at the benefits of zoning out.
Many of us use music as a form of self medication—but for some it’s therapeutic effect can be extraordinary.
We meet a talented music therapist who is helping a man to regain his ability to speak after a severe stroke, and a young woman to come to terms with her trauma and brain injury after a car accident, through song writing.
Music has a universally powerful effect on human beings.
We explore how the human brain perceives music, how composers exploit our instinctive reaction to it and the relationship between music and emotion.
Meet a recording engineer turned neuroscientist and a gifted composer who inspired Oliver Sacks to investigate and write about music and our brains.
I also wrote the psychology of music series up for online.
For some people the sex they are born with doesn’t correspond to the way they feel. Researchers now know there are areas of the brain that differ among men and women and those who are transgender, and new psychiatric guidelines in the upcoming DSM V, due out in May 2013, are expected to acknowledge that. We hear the moving stories of Craig Andrews and Julie Peters and how their transition to the opposite sex has improved their mental wellbeing.
We explore how speaking more than one language influences our cognitive capacity. We meet a young Australian family who regularly speak with each other in three or four languages, and it may be that these children are developing distinct cognitive advantage – beyond the language they speak. Also, some Canadian research has found that being bilingual protects against Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s been controversial for centuries but new empirical research suggests that language has a powerful influence over the way we think and perceive the world. Lera Boroditsky from Stanford University suggests that Japanese and Spanish speakers have a different sense of blame, and some Indigenous Australians have a different sense of space—all because of the language they speak.