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nighwaves - radio 3 - uta frith - autism

Fri 16 Mar 2012 3:44pm

...Rana Mitter interviews husband and wife team Chris and Uta Frith. Both are eminent neuroscientists, leaders in their fields - Chris Frith, Emeritus Professor at the Wellcome Trust specialises in schizophrenia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Frith - and Uta Frith, Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London in autism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uta_Frith - which means that they both working in what has been called "the social brain".

 

Rana talks to them about the nature of these illnesses, the strong public perception of them, and the illnesses' sometimes very high political profile - and how the latest wide-ranging scientific research on the brain is changing our understanding of them. And Rana asks them: how does a scientific relationship co-exist with a marriage?

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s9gcw

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  • michaelz's picture

    the life scientific.

    Uta Frith

    Synopsis

    Professor Uta Frith came from a grey post war Germany to Britain in the swinging sixties, when research into conditions such as autism and dyslexia was in its infancy. At the time many people thought there was no such thing as dyslexia and that autism was a result of cold distant parenting, but Professor Frith was convinced that the explanation for these enigmatic conditions lay in the brain. And she set out to prove this through a series of elegant experiments. Together with her students Francesca Happe and Simon Baron Cohen she developed the idea that people with autism find it hard to understand the intentions of others, known as theory of mind. Neuro-imaging experiments carried out with her husband Professor Chris Frith, meant she was able to show that there is a region in the brain which is linked to dyslexia. Uta Frith talks about her pioneering work that has changed how we view these brain disorders with Jim Al Khalili.


    Producer: Geraldine Fitzgerald.

    Tue 6 Dec 2011 - 09:00 BBC Radio 4

    Tue 6 Dec 2011 - 21:30 BBC Radio 4

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017w65r

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    Thanks Michael

     

    You are on good form today as always.   Slight clash on Tuesday night between Radio and TV ... thank goodness for the internet!!   Smile

     

    Josie - Community Champion

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  • MikeS's picture

    Thanks for posting this stuff as always, Michael. Anna told me The Life Scientific radio show was really interesting. Sent it out on Facebook this morning.

    - Mike 

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  • damo73's picture

    Hello Mike,

    Lol - this is some of the stuff I've been criticising in some of my work!  To be fair though, at one point she did say that there were people that 'disagreed with her' - so I guess 'we' (of differing views) haven't gone unnoticed.

    Damian - Community Champion

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  • michaelz's picture

    uta frith was one of the talking heads on `night waves` - tue 20 dec 2011 - group convo re medico-scientific progress.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0186d9x

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    in december. 2010, chris and uta had an article in my favourite magazine - current biology Smile

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    A recent study has found that autistic people donate the same to charity regardless of whether they are observed. This is not because they are oblivious to others, but because they are free of hypocrisy.

    http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822(11)01247-4

  • marieofroumania's picture
    Does anyone have a copy of that Frith& Frith article they would be willing to let me read? Sounds fascinating!
  • MikeS's picture

    Hi Marie!

    I just had a look around for you and couldn't find an online version of that article. Maybe one of our other members can help. As you're a new member, it would be great if you could introduce yourself in the Introductions forum :).

    - Mike 

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  • michaelz's picture
    In Material World Quentin Cooper asks leading neuroscientist Uta Frith whether Freud's approach to understanding his patients would pass modern scientific scrutiny. And looks at Freud's legacy in the 21st century.
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    alleged `refrigerator mother` of autist reponds to uta frith item - about 10 minutes into `the material world`.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01by8nh

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