Immerse yourself in this quarter’s topic beyond the two books we’ve sent you. Below is a wide range of extra content to listen to, watch and read, as well as two exclusive playlists put together specially to help you drift and focus. Enjoy!

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Weekend Papers

Create a gently nostalgic vibe with this hour of songs designed to set the mood for some aimless mind wandering. Perfect to play while you explore the contents of your box and take a flick through the magazine.


Focus and Read

Put on this playlist for exactly thirty minutes of instrumental music selected to help your mind focus. Designed to be played without shuffling and perfect for when you’re ready to start reading. When the music stops you can congratulate yourself on half an hour of unbroken concentration.

Ben Burns


These two playlists were compiled in collaboration with Ben Burns, a music writer, producer and engineer with over twenty years' music creation experience with everyone from David Byrne to Orbital and back again.




Weightless by Marconi Union was written specifically to reduce anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate and was recorded with the help of sound therapists who provided advice about how and why certain sounds affect mood. It’s said to be the world’s most relaxing song and is considered dangerous to play while driving. See what you think.




You Are Not So Smart

A fascinating podcast series that explores the human capacity for self-delusion, confirmation bias, lazy thinking and over confidence. In this episode, journalist David McRaney talks to neurologist Robert Burton, author of On Being Certain, which posits that certainty and similar states of 'knowing' are sensations that feel like thoughts but arise out of involuntary brain mechanisms that function independently of reason.

Access the full back catalogue of podcasts at


Made of Stronger Stuff

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson (author of one of our two books this quarter) and Dr Xand van Tulleken take a journey around the human body. In this episode they get acquainted with the amygdala and ask is it really the home of fear.

Access the full back catalogue of podcasts, including episodes on dopamine, serotonin and the hippocampus at BBC Sounds


Huberman Lab

Hosted by neuroscientist Andrew Huberman, PhD, and tenured professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, this episode examines the common myths, the biology and the psychology of ADHD. Other episodes dive deep into other areas of neuroscience and look at how our brain, and its connections with the organs of the body, controls our perceptions, behaviours and health.

Access the full back catalogue of podcast at


Under the Skin with Russell Brand

A weekly podcast in which Russell Brand talks to guests from academia, popular culture and the arts to understand what's beneath the surface of the people we admire, the ideas that define us, and the history we're told. In this episode he talks to neuroscientist David Eagleman who specialises in brain plasticity, time perception, synaesthesia and the intersection of science with social policy.

Access the full back catalogue of podcast at Apple Podcasts



The Mind in the Media

Archive on 4, first broadcast on Radio 4 in 2017

Former psychiatric nurse Nathan Filer, author of This Book Will Change Your Life About Mental Health, tells the story of how mental health narratives are told and reveals how different real life is to fiction.

Listen now on BBC Radio 4’s Archive on 4



How To Build a Healthy Brain with Kimberley Wilson

If you enjoy Kimberley Wilson's book which we've sent you this quarter, you might like to book a spot on this online masterclass from The Guardian in which she reveals the unique structures and qualities of the brain and shares practical tips to help nourish and protect this vital organ.

Find out more and book tickets at The Guardian Masterclasses

Thursday 29th September 2022, 6.30-8.30pm BST 


How your brain invents your “self” by Anil Seth

Neuroscientist Anil Seth lays out his new theory of consciousness and self, and explores the reality we experience in our brains versus the world as it objectively might be.


Nina Kraus in conversation with Aniruddh Patel

Nina Kraus, author of Of Sound Mind, which we included in our recommended reads, talks to Ani Patel, the author of Music, Language, and the Brain, in a Zoom event presented by the Harvard Book Store in January. This is a low tech but interesting Zoom conversation if your interests extend in this direction.


Slow journalism

A TEDx talk given by the co-founder and editorial director of the Slow Journalism Company, publisher of Delayed Gratification magazine, which makes a virtue of being last to the breaking news.



The people who can't visualise 

A genuinely fascinating and moving video about aphantasia, which is the inability to call images to mind, and the surprising ways it affects how people experience the world.


More about your gift

Footage of Laura at Pineandbear chain stitching on her original 1929 vintage chain stitch machine, which she used to hand stitch the pouches included in this quarter’s box.



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The Neuroscience of Learning & Memory

A three-part feature about how our brains and minds function to enable us to learn, create and retrieve memories, including an accessible introduction to the basics of neuroscience, written by David Handel.

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]


More about neurasthenia

There’s a problem with the way we talk about burnout by Sarah Todd in Quartz, June 2022

An interesting piece that draws parallels between modern-day burnout and neurasthenia.

Fat and Blood: An Essay on the Treatment of Certain Forms of Neurasthenia and Hysteria by S Weir Mitchell MD, Member of the National Academy of Sciences, 1899

Written when the term neurasthenia was in common use, this lengthy academic paper reveals just how dramatically the conversation around mental health has changed. Be forewarned, extremely outdated views are expressed.


Transforming what you read into lasting knowledge

Slow Reading is the New Deep Learning by David Handel, Better Humans, Nov 2019

If you find the checklist at the end of the magazine useful, you might be interested in exploring the subject further.



That’s it for this quarter’s digital extras. The next box will arrive with subscribers and gift recipients in December and there’ll be a whole load more thought-provoking extras to access then. Until then, see you over on Instagram.

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