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#387      30 min 53 sec
Team positive: Taking the science of wellbeing to a systems level

Associate Professor Lindsay Oades

Research psychologist Associate Professor Lindsay Oades explains how positive psychology and wellbeing literacy, once largely focused on the individual, are being taken to a group level to promote healthier, more skillful interactions in organisations and human networks. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#377      29 min 10 sec
Ways of engaging: Challenging harmful ideologies in belief and practice

Prof Sally Haslanger

Philosopher and social theorist Prof Sally Haslanger outlines the persistence of ideologies like racism or sexism that entrench injustice or privilege, and how we might best combat deeply embedded misconceptions that endure in our societies in defiance of evidence or reasoned argument. Presented by Peter Mares.

#374      30 min 26 sec
Not merely emotion: Reclaiming "passion" as a driver of human behavior

Prof Louis Charland

Philosopher of the emotions Prof Louis Charland argues that we need to reinstate the notion of "passion" in our understanding of human behaviour. Now little mentioned outside of the arts and self-help domains, passion has deep historical roots and may have important contemporary use as a lens through which to view certain psychiatric conditions. Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

#345      33 min 45 sec
Postmodernism: What is it good for?

Prof Brian McHale

Literary theorist Prof Brian McHale explains the origins and trajectory of postmodernism, muses on its role in our cultural expression, and speculates on its demise. Presented by Lynne Haultain.

#282      33 min 19 sec
Speaking Siraya: Revitalizing a dormant language, rediscovering cultural identity

Assoc Prof Sander Adelaar

Historical and descriptive linguist Assoc Prof Alexander (Sander) Adelaar discusses efforts to piece together from scant historical sources the once dormant Taiwanese language of Siraya, and explains the language’s influence on a reawakening of cultural identity. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.

#226      21 min 30 sec
Early enrichment: Giving indigenous children a head start

Prof Collette Tayler

Early childhood researcher Prof Collette Tayler explains how the Abecedarian approach, a behavioral and social conditioning program originally developed in the United States to give at-risk toddlers a head start in life, is being adapted to help very young children of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#222      30 min 28 sec
Ready or not: International students, language barriers, and cultural fit

Assoc Prof Sophie Arkoudis
Dr Chi Baik

Higher education researchers Assoc Prof Sophia Arkoudis and Dr Chi Baik examine how and why international university students in English-speaking countries grapple with the language, and suggest solutions. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#210      30 min 55 sec
Not just the King's speech: Stuttering and its causes

Prof. Nan Bernstein Ratner

Speech pathology researcher Prof Nan Bernstein Ratner discusses the condition of stuttering, how research into stuttering informs models of language acquisition, and possible therapies for the condition. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#189      17 min 36 sec
Easy to say, easy to like: People's names and the impressions they make

Dr Simon Laham

Social psychologist Dr Simon Laham discusses his research linking the pronounceability of a person’s name with perceptions of likeability, and what this might mean for a person’s access to opportunities.

#183      24 min 23 sec
For show only? The language of human rights in national constitutions

Assoc Prof Gili Drori

Sociologist Associate Professor Gili Drori explains how the vocabulary of human rights is making its way into the constitutions of nation states, and the degree to which societies actually honour the words in their own national charters.