Frontiers

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Programme exploring new ideas in science and meeting the scientists and researchers responsible for them, as well as hearing from their critics

Virtual Therapy Dec. 24, 2014

"e-Therapy" has come a long way since the (slightly tongue in cheek) days of ELIZA, a very early attempt at computer based psychotherapy. ELIZA was little more than an algorithm that spotted patterns in words and returned empty, yet meaningful-sounding questions back at the user. All sorts of e-therapies are now available to help low-moderate level mental health issues. But could Virtual Reality technology bring the next great leap in our understanding of mental processes, and, in turn, be the basis of future psychotherapies? Quentin Cooper meets some of the researchers trying to find out.

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Virtual Therapy Dec. 24, 2014
Quentin Cooper looks at the therapeutic possibilites of virtual reality.
Quentin Cooper looks at the therapeutic possibilites of Virtual Reality....
Can maths reveal hidden patterns in global terrorism? Dr Hannah Fry investigates.
Dr Hannah Fry investigates the hidden patterns behind terrorism and asks whether mathematics could be used to predict the next 9/11....
Can maths reveal hidden patterns in global terrorism? Dr Hannah Fry investigates.
Personality is not a uniquely human trait. From chimpanzees to hermit crabs, from birds to sharks, each animal has its own individual ways and whims. What can this new field of animal behaviour science tell us about the evolution of human...
Animal Personality Dec. 10, 2014
Prof Adam Hart explores a new field in zoology - animal personality.
Animal Personality Dec. 10, 2014
Prof Adam Hart explores a new field in zoology - animal personality.
Vagus Nerve Dec. 8, 2014
Can stimulating the vagus nerve improve health? Gaia Vince explores this new research area
Vagus Nerve Dec. 8, 2014
Can stimulating the vagus nerve improve health? Gaia Vince explores this new research area
Frontiers: Vegus Nerve Dec. 8, 2014
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As our skies become more crowded Jack Stewart examines the long awaited modernisation of air traffic control which could allow pilots to choose their own routes....
New Space to Fly Dec. 3, 2014
Jack Stewart meets the pioneers redesigning our international airspace.
New Space to Fly Dec. 3, 2014
Jack Stewart meets the pioneers redesigning our international airspace.
The Rosetta Mission Nov. 12, 2014
Billed as 'the sexiest space mission ever', did Rosetta's probe land safely on its comet?
Jonathan Amos with the latest news on the Rosetta space mission as it lands a probe on Comet 67P-Churyumov-Gerasimenko....
The Rosetta Mission Nov. 12, 2014
Billed as 'the sexiest space mission ever', did Rosetta's probe land safely on its comet?
Cosmology July 9, 2014
Have astronomers really found gravitational waves from the Big Bang as announced in March?
In March astronomers in the BICEP2 collaboration announced they had found gravitational waves from the Big Bang. But now the evidence is being questioned. Dr Lucie Green reports....