Kaleidoscope Live!

Kaleidoscope LIVE

Let’s talk science!

Three psychiatrists and a psychologist walk into a pub (or, in these unprecedented times, a Zoom meeting)….to talk science!  Kaleidoscope Live takes you behind the scenes of the monthly British Journal of Psychiatry column of the same name.  It’s four friends, talking about the recent science that made them sit up and take notice.  Whether it’s about the brain, mental health, or the human condition, Kaleidoscope Live! will bring you today’s most fascinating research.  So, pull up a chair.  Let’s talk science.



Upcoming webinars

Dates: December 9th

Time: 5pm – 5:30pm

Title: In the next episode, the Kaleidoscope crew discuss moving mental health away from being a reactive field, exploring the possibilities of prevention in school and workplaces, and reflect on environmental green and blue prescriptions for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Speakers: Dr Dawn N. Albertson, Prof Sukhi S. Shergill, Dr Derek K. Tracy. Dr Dan W. Joyce


  • Hoare E, Callaly E, Berk M. Can Depression Be Prevented? If So, How? JAMA Psychiatry, 2020; 77(11):1095-1096.
  • Tester-Jones, M., White, M.P., Elliott, L.R. et al. Results from an 18 country cross-sectional study examining experiences of nature for people with common mental health disorders. Sci Rep 10, 19408 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-75825-9



Watch previous webinars

Dates: November 11th, December 9th

Title: Cannabis

In this episode, the Kaleidoscope team talked all things marijuana including the use of cannabidiol to treat marijuana dependence, the history and lore of the drug,  and a major flaw in the marijuana supply informing US-based research.


  • Freeman, T. P., Hindocha, C., Baio, G., Shaban, N. D., Thomas, E. M., Astbury, D., … & Bloomfield, M. A. (2020). Cannabidiol for the treatment of cannabis use disorder: a phase 2a, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised, adaptive Bayesian trial. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(10), 865-874.
  • Schwabe, A. L., Hansen, C. J., Hyslop, R. M., & McGlaughlin, M. E. (2019). Research grade marijuana supplied by the National Institute on Drug Abuse is genetically divergent from commercially available Cannabis. bioRxiv, 592725.

Date: 14th October 2020

Title: In this episode the panelists indulged in the positives of hedonism and took controversy head on discussing a now retracted paper on professionalism – sexism in a scientific sheep’s clothing?


  • Bernecker K, Becker D. Beyond self-control: mechanisms of hedonic goal
    pursuit and its relevance for well-being. Pers Soc Psychol Bull 26 Jul 2020 [Epub
    ahead of print]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167220941998.
  • Hardouin S, Cheng TW, Mitchell E, Raulli SJ, Jones DW, Siracuse JJ, et al.
    RETRACTED: Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young
    vascular surgeons. J Vasc Surg 2020; 72: 667–71.


Date: 19th September 2020

Title: The role of media in suicide, a statistical controversy with fMRI data, and the perceived helpfulness of treatment.


  • Harris, M. G., Kazdin, A. E., Chiu, W. T., Sampson, N. A., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Al-Hamzawi, A., … & Cía, A. (2020). Findings From World Mental Health Surveys of the Perceived Helpfulness of Treatment for Patients With Major Depressive Disorder. JAMA Psychiatry.
  • Niederkrotenthaler, T., Braun, M., Pirkis, J., Till, B., Stack, S., Sinyor, M., … & Scherr, S. (2020). Association between suicide reporting in the media and suicide: systematic review and meta-analysis. Bmj, 368.
  • Botvinik-Nezer, R., Holzmeister, F., Camerer, C. F., Dreber, A., Huber, J., Johannesson, M., … & Avesani, P. (2020). Variability in the analysis of a single neuroimaging dataset by many teams. Nature, 1-7.
  • Berg, E. L., Pedersen, L. R., Pride, M. C., Petkova, S. P., Patten, K. T., Valenzuela, A. E., … & Silverman, J. L. (2020). Developmental exposure to near roadway pollution produces behavioral phenotypes relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders in juvenile rats. Translational psychiatry, 10(1), 1-16.


Intended audience

Kaleidoscope Live is designed to be accessible for all. We welcome anyone with an enthusiasm for science, the human mind, and mental health to our table. Cheers!


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