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

Upcoming dates:

Sep 1, 2021
Oct 6, 2021
Nov 3, 2021

Time: 5pm – 5:45pm

Title: TBC

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

Citations: TBC



Watch previous webinars

Date: 2nd June

Title: Of mice and men: Differing perceptions of time and reality


Arantes, J., Pinho, M., Wearden, J., & Albuquerque, P. B. (2021). “Time Slows Down Whenever You Are Around” for Women but Not for Men. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 951. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.641729
K. Schmack, M. Bosc, T. Ott, J. F. Sturgill, A. Kepecs. Striatal dopamine mediates hallucination-like perception in mice. Science, 2021; 372 (6537): eabf4740 DOI: 10.1126/science.abf4740

Date:  5 May

Title: Size doesn’t matter – either in psychometrics or brain volume


  • Lutz W, Striessnig W, Dimitrova A et al. Years of good life is a well-being indicator designed to serve research on sustainability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021; 118 (12): e1907351118 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1907351118
  • Chopra S, Fornito A, Francey SM et al. Differentiating the effect of antipsychotic medication and illness on brain volume reductions in first-episode psychosis: A Longitudinal, Randomised, Triple-blind, Placebo-controlled MRI Study. Neuropsychopharmacology, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-021-00980-0


Date:  7 April


In this episode, the Kaleidoscope Live! team discussed:
  • 95% of women report their PPE hampers their work: the dangers of being a woman in a man’s world
  • The citizen scientists who took part in psychedelic micro dosing study showed improved wellbeing and life satisfaction but, half of them were on the placebo.
They covered the sex and drugs, watch the recording for the rock and roll.


Shansky, R. M., & Murphy, A. Z. (2021). Considering sex as a biological variable will require a global shift in science culture. Nature Neuroscience, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-021-00806-8

Szigeti, B, Kartner L, Blemings A et al. Self-blinding citizen science to explore psychedelic microdosing. eLife 2021; 10:e62878.

Date:  10 March

Title: Phenotyping, Relapse, and Racism

There is an impetus for the use of emerging technologies in both assessing and improving mental health, as well as in examining complex processes like recruitment practices.  In this Kaleidoscope Live! the team discuss the use of digital phenotyping for relapse in schizophrenia and the monitoring of discrimination in online recruitment.


Henson, P, D’Mello, R, Vaidyam A et al. Anomaly detection to predict relapse risk in schizophrenia. Translational Psychiatry, 2021; 11:28. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41398-020-01123-7
Hangartner, D., Kopp, D. & Siegenthaler, M. Monitoring hiring discrimination through online recruitment platforms. Nature 589, 572–576 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-03136-0

Date: 10 February

Title: COVID and Ketamine


  • Pan K-Y, Kok AA, Eikelenboom M, Horsfall M, Jörg F, Luteijn RA, et al. The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with and without depressive, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorders: a longitudinal study of three Dutch case-control cohorts. Lancet Psychiatry 2021. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30491-0.
  • Aguilar-Valles, A., De Gregorio, D., Matta-Camacho, E. et al. Antidepressant actions of ketamine engage cell-specific translation via eIF4E. Nature (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-03047-0


Dates: 13 January

Title: This week the Kaleidoscope team are talking about the unsung hero that is statistics, the maths that influences what we deem important in research, and an exciting emerging idea in schizophrenia.


Gelman, A., & Vehtari, A. (2020). What are the most important statistical ideas of the past 50 years?. arXiv preprint arXiv:2012.00174  

Mealer RG, Williams SE, Daly MJ et al. Glycobiology and schizophrenia: a biological hypothesis emerging from genomic research. Molecular Psychiatry, 2020; 25:3129-3139.

Date: December 9th

Title: In the latest 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.


  • 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


Dates: November 11th,

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.


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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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