Passions

Five programmes where Sue Nelson talks to scientists whose hobbies have influenced their scientific work.

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01John Sloboda2004032220040615
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The science professor explains how musical training influenced his career in psychology.

The professor of science explains to Sue Nelson how musical training influenced his career in psychology.

The scientist professor explains to Sue Nelson how musical training influenced his career in psychology.

The scientist professor explains how musical training influenced his career in psychology.

Professor John Sloboda was groomed as a musician from an early age, John rebelled from the arduous practising of piano to pursue a career in psychology.

He kept up the piano as a hobby until he found that music provided a good foundation for his Phd - How do people read music? From his Phd to the present day, John has used his knowledge and love of music to help his psychology and to find out how and why we respond to music the way we do.

In five programmes, Sue Nelson talks to sceintists whose hobbies have influenced their scientific work.Groomed as a musician from an early age, John Sloboda rebelled from the arduous praciticing of piano to pursue a career in psychology.

He kept up the piano as a hobby until he found that music provided a good foundation for his PHD - how do people read music? From his PHD to present day, John has used his knowledge and love of music to help his psychology work and to find out how and why we respond to music the way we do.

Scientist Professor John Sloboda explains to Sue Nelson how his musical training influenced his career in psychology.

Episode 1 of 5.

02Paul Russell2004032320040622
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Dr Paul Russell: Paul always had a love of SWIMMING and the sea and started surfing during the school holidays. When he was 21, he became the European Surf Champion but he was studying oceanography at the same time and found his knowledge of waves, wind and sea that was so helpful in his surfing career was also key to his scientific studies of the oceans. Having now retired from surfing he now teaches future oceanographers how to read the waves and coastline through surfing.

Paul always had a love for SWIMMING and the sea, and started to surf in his summer holidays as a boy. When he was 21 he became the European surf champion, but was also studying oceanography at the same time. He found his knowledge of waves, wind and the sea that was so helpful in his surfing career, was also key to his scientific studies of the oceans. Having now retired from surfing competitions, he teaches future oceanographers how to read the waves and coastline through surfing.

The scientist explains to Sue Nelson how surfing influenced his becoming an oceanographer.

The scientist explains to Sue Nelson how his love for surfing influenced his decision to become an oceanographer.

Dr Paul Russell explains to Sue Nelson how his love for surfing influenced his decision to become an oceanographer.

03Kim Binstead2004032420040629
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Kim had always had a love for making people laugh and was part of the improvisation comedy team at school. When her interests in physics and maths took her into Artificial Intelligence she fell back on her comedy background to help her work on a few problems in computers. Now, having created a programme where computers can generate their own puns, she now works on a system that uses comedy to help children learn a new language - whilst still trying to fit in a little improv in her spare time.

The scientist explains how comedy made her create a programme for computer-generated puns.

The scientist explains to Sue Nelson how a love of comedy led to her creating a programme for computer-generated puns.

The scientist explains to Sue Nelson how her love of comedy led to her creating a programme for computer generated puns.

Sue Nelson talks to Dr Kim Binstead whose love of comedy led her to create a programme where computers generate their own puns.

04Hugh Montgomery2004032520040706
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Dr Hugh Montgomery's climbing has helped his research into how the body copes with oxygen supply.

The scientist explains how mountaineering led him to research treatments for lung problems

The scientist explains to Sue Nelson how a love of mountaineering led him to research new treatments for lung problems.

The scientist explains to Sue Nelson how his love of mountaineering led him to research new treatments for lung problems.

By day Hugh is a consultant in Intensive Care, by night Hugh writes books - children's adventures, thrillers and medical revision books.

When taking a break from work he can usually be found up a mountain, not only pursuing his love of climbing but also researching how our bodies cope with supplying us with oxygen.

His research work so far has discovered the fitness gene and others that help with oxygen supply in the body.

He hopes that by looking at fit mountaineers he can discover how people in Intensive Care can be treated when suffering lung and oxygen supply problems.

Dr Hugh Montgomery's love of mountaineering led him to research how patients can be treated when suffering lung problems.

Episode 4 of 5.

05 LASTJanna Levin2004032620040713
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Sue Nelson travels to New York to talk to the astrophysicist professor about her love of art.

Sue Nelson is in New York to talk to the astrophysicist professor about her love of art.

Sue Nelson travels to NEW YORK to talk to Astrophysicist Professor Janna Levin about her love of art.

Sue Nelson talks to scientists whose hobbies have influenced their work. She travels to New York to talk to astrophysicist Janna Levin about her love of art.