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Amygdala

Amygdala

2022-03-3135:264

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, to find out what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. To finish this series, they're in the brain getting acquainted with the amygdala. Is the amygdala really the home of fear? Kimberley and Xand meet someone who has had theirs removed, discovering the true nature of this part of the brain, and how it can give us a roadmap to dealing with our everyday anxieties. Producer: Georgia Mills Mixer: Tom Brignell Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Wrist

Wrist

2022-03-2433:45

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, to find out what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. This time, they examine the wrist, and its role as the hub where technology meets the body. Kimberley and Xand meet a man whose life was saved by his smartwatch, examine the potential pitfalls of devices that don't work for everyone equally, and learn how much data our wrists can truly give away.
Ovaries

Ovaries

2022-03-1735:21

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, to find out what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. This time, it's the ovaries under the microscope. Kimberley and Xand hear from someone whose ovaries have caused them to hurtle through major life stages in the course of a few years, meet a scintist who thinks we may have female fertility all wrong, and examine the unresolved mysteries of the menopause. Producer: Georgia Mills Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Tears

Tears

2022-03-1032:452

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, to find out what it can tell us about how we live in the world. In this episode, Kimberley and Xand find out there's much more to tears than meets the eye. What is the purpose of tears, does crying actually make you feel better, and what happens when you lose your ability to make them at all? Producer: Georgia Mills Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Dopamine

Dopamine

2022-03-0336:282

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, to find out what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, Kimberley and Xand take on the social media pariah: dopamine. They examine this tiny chemical's wide roles in the brain and body, and question whether we should make cognitive enhancers available for general use. Plus, the pair dive into some intriguing research which suggests your breakfast could influence your most fundamental decision-making ability. Producer: Georgia Mills Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Knees

Knees

2022-02-2436:231

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken continue their journey around the human body, asking what our insides can reveal about our lives and the world around us. The knee is one of the most complicated joints in the human body, but also one of the most prone to failure. In this episode, Kimberly shares the story of someone with a rare genetic disorder that results in poorly developed kneecaps, while drilling into the gory detail of knee replacements. Later, Xand explores Osteoarthritis and the exciting research that could change how we think about joint injury. Producer: James Tindale Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Sphincters

Sphincters

2022-02-1733:16

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken continue their journey around the human body, asking what our insides can reveal about our lives and the world around us. This week, it's Sphincters' turn. While the one in our bottoms tends to claim the most mindshare, we’re absolutely full of sphincters, and they’re critical to our lives. In this episode, Xand explores the inability to burp, meeting a 27 year old who was unable to belch until an American Doctor’s revolutionary procedure changed his life forever. Meanwhile, Kimberly investigates urinary sphincter failure and the innovative implants that can help restore continence. Producer: James Tindale Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Kidneys

Kidneys

2022-02-1033:311

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, to find out what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, Kimberley and Xand are looking at our kidneys, and the enormous societal problems caused by this fist-sized organ. Together they bust some detoxing myths, hear about the dangers of the billion dollar illegal organ trade, and whether an artificial kidney might be on the way. Plus, how many glasses of water do we really need in a day? Producer: Georgia Mills Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Fat

Fat

2022-02-0332:252

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, to find out what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, Kimberley and Xand head up the rebranding of an organ with terrible PR: fat. They hear why fat is intrinsically linked with being human, how it's doing a lot more for us than just sitting there, and why having a bit more fat can help us take the plunge... Producer: Georgia Mills Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Hair

Hair

2022-01-2733:47

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, asking what it can tell us about ourselves and the world around us. In this episode, Kimberley and Xand get to the root of our hair problems. From the race to grow hair in a dish, to the vast inequalities that have resulted in permanent hair loss, Xand and Kimberley explore the enormous significance we impart on a string of dead cells on our heads. Producer: Georgia Mills Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Taste

Taste

2022-01-2031:35

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken continue their journey around the human body, asking what our insides can reveal about our lives and the world around us. Taste buds are on the menu for this episode, as Xand delves into how taste receptors are found all over the body, and might have implications for how well we tolerate illness. Kimberley reveals how much of taste is actually down to our minds. Plus, they meet the UK Chilli Queen, a woman on a quest to be the spiciest champion in the world. Producer: Georgia Mills Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Feet

Feet

2022-01-1335:23

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken continue their journey around the human body, asking what our insides can reveal about our lives and the world around us. This time, Xand and Kimberley marvel at the imperfect 'feats' of engineering that are the arches of our feet, exploring how these arches are the key to our capacity to run, whether we should ditch our shoes for good, and finding out which animal has the ultimate foot. Producer: Georgia Mills Researcher: Leonie Thomas Executive Producer: Robert Nicholson A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken tell us about the new series.
T Cells

T Cells

2021-04-1430:571

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, asking what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, they zoom in on T cells: a type of white blood cell that forms a critical part of the body’s ability to fight off infection. Xand and Kimberley discover how scientists are hacking into the immune system and hear the story of 5-year-old Zac, who has undergone an innovative form of immunotherapy for leukemia. Producer: Dan Hardoon Researcher: Emily Finch Executive Producer: Kate Holland A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Serotonin

Serotonin

2021-04-0730:292

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, asking what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, they explore serotonin - a chemical involved in everything from sleep to bowel function, appetite to blood clotting. Xand and Kimberley find out why serotonin’s reputation as the “happy chemical” is misleading, explore the interaction between serotonin and dopamine in sex drive, and hear about new approaches to treating depression using psychoactive drugs. Producer: Dan Hardoon Researcher: Emily Finch Executive Producer: Kate Holland A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4
The Hippocampus

The Hippocampus

2021-03-3130:281

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, asking what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, they peep inside the brain's temporal lobes in search of the hippocampus: the seahorse-shaped seat of memory. The pair meet a memory athlete who reveals his techniques, explore how new insights from neuroscience can help us make better memories, and Kimberley gives Xand a memory test he’ll (hopefully) never forget... Producer: Dan Hardoon Researcher: Emily Finch Executive Producer: Kate Holland A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
The Vagus Nerve

The Vagus Nerve

2021-03-2434:093

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, asking what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, Kimberley and Xand are on the trail of the body’s longest cranial nerve – the vagus nerve – a critical highway which unites the body and brain, and a key part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest and relaxation. They discover why you really are what you eat, find out how vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is being used to treat conditions including epilepsy and depression, and explore the future of bioelectronic medicine. And they answer the question: how much influence do our bodies have over our minds? Producer: Dan Hardoon Executive Producer: Kate Holland A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
The Hands

The Hands

2021-03-1731:161

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, asking what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, Kimberley and Xand explore a body part they each thought they knew like the back of their hand. They hear about a neural-enabled prosthetic hand which can relay the sensation of touch, and discover the brain’s extraordinary ability to accommodate extra fingers and missing limbs. Producer: Dan Hardoon Researcher: Emily Finch Executive Producer: Kate Holland A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4
The Liver

The Liver

2021-03-1032:55

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, asking what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, Kimberley and Xand muse on the personal and social significance of the liver. They explore the amazing science of liver regeneration, discover the unexpected roots of our cravings for alcohol and fatty foods, and hear the poignant story of the first person in the UK to give part of their liver to a stranger. Producer: Dan Hardoon Researcher: Emily Finch Executive Producer: Kate Holland A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
The Nipples

The Nipples

2021-03-0330:541

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body, to find out what it can tell us about our innate capacity for change. In this episode, Kimberley and Xand examine the nipples – the least rude naughty bits! They hear from a nipple tattooist, explore why nipples are both milk dispensers and erogenous zones, and question why some nipples spark more outrage than others. Producer: Dan Hardoon Researcher: Emily Finch Executive Producer: Kate Holland A Whistledown Production for BBC Radio 4
Comments (2)

Matthew Ferguson

So true about the HRM. I have worn one for years but whenever I start exercising I ignore it. On cold days especially I can be running at maximum intensity and the device tells me my heart rate is around 75bpm. The rate of a gentle stroll! Get home and warm up and my post workout heart rate climbs to 100 when I'm no longer exercising!

Mar 26th
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Shinoz Snow

The mother of the guy who donated his liver sounds like she is the selfish one.

Mar 14th
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