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The Science of Us - 5 August 2021
Hear from scientists, researchers, authors and academics on topics that help us to understand troubling human behaviour through the prism of science, as part of the Science of Us program, run in partnership with Inspiring Australia.
Worried about how much time you and your family are spending on screens and the impact this is having on your ability to concentrate and communicate with each other? Discover the latest thinking on what too much screen time does to our brains and learn scientifically proven techniques for resisting the pull of our digital devices. Cognitive neuroscientist Dr Mark Williams explains why interacting with our devices is so compelling, what happens to our brains when we do, and outlines a pragmatic approach to setting limits that will be effective in helping us understand and change our behaviour.
Award-winning science reporter Jonica Newby discusses how to navigate the emotional turmoil of climate change. Jonica’s new book, Beyond climate grief: a journey of love, snow, fire and an enchanted beer can, is a magical, often funny and deeply moving personal story that guarantees laughs, tears and food for the soul. After researching what global warming will do to the snow country she loves, Jonica plummeted into a state of profound climate grief. Then reality outstripped imagination as her family was swept up in the apocalyptic 2019–20 fires. Jonica shares her personal and scientific insights on how you can respond to climate grief, face the uncertainties ahead and find the courage to take action.