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An informative and entertaining documentary, Prime Presents: All In The Mind takes Kiwi brain development specialist Nathan Wallis on a journey to present compelling science about a very big life question: is a man’s grey matter the same as a woman’s? 

Are male and female brains as different as we think they are?

All In The Mind, made with the support of NZ On Air, tackles the key question of whether brain development makes men and women behave distinctively, and if so, why? Is each gender born with a brain that is structurally different, or do we all just adapt our behaviour to society’s expectations? This watercooler conversation has a scientific basis that links directly to Nathan’s expertise in how our brain works and how we use it, and how modern Kiwis think.

All In The Mind is made with the support of NZ On Air.


Q&A with Nathan Wallis

Neuroscience Educator and presenter of Prime Presents: All In The Mind



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About The Show

With New Zealand labs in the vanguard of neuroscience research, Nathan returns to his old stomping ground at the University of Otago to find out more about what’s been going on there since he left, as well as having his head read at the Centre for Advanced MRI in Auckland.

Nathan enjoys a (freezing) morning giving toys to chimpanzees with Victoria University of Wellington professor Bart Ellenbroek, and tests his testosterone on a hot lap of the Manfeild: Circuit Chris Amon race track with New Zealand’s star rally driver Emma Gilmour.

Brain research is a dynamic discipline making breakthroughs and discoveries at a startling rate, though strangely there is less really good science on the difference between men and women than you might think.

With lots of easy-to-use information, dynamic experiments and real-life wisdom, All In The Mind brings neuroscience to life.

Along the way Nathan explores what we actually mean when we say ‘be a man’, or ‘acting like a girl’. He questions underlying ideas about biological gender with intersex activist Mani Bruce Mitchell, exploring her extraordinary personal journey through sexual identity by asking - do our bodies really set us apart, or is that difference essentially a prejudice?

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