Things to do this week: 9 - 15 April 2016

Looking for the best things to do this week? Don’t waste away being bored on the sofa… here’s our pick of ways to exercise your grey matter and nourish your neurons. This week - Jungle Animal Hospital.

8th April 2016
Jungle Animal Hospital © BBC/Anna Place

#BrainFood brings you the best shows on TV and radio, science apps and books to activate your mind, and fun events to visit. This week – Jungle Animal Hospital, the science of smell, and celebrating the human voice.


The Voices Within (© Profile Books)

The Voices Within

Charles Fernyhough, Profile Books, hardback, £16.99

Most of us talk to ourselves. In fact, many people describe their thoughts as being like a conversation between the different voices of their consciousness. In his eye-opening new book, Charles Fernyhough explores this inner speech, revealing what purpose it serves, what it says about us, and what it can tell us about those who experience hallucinated voices.



The Neglected Sense (© iStock)

The Neglected Sense

BBC Radio 4, Tues 12 April, 11:00-11:30am

Radio 4 announcer Kathy Clugston is one of more than 200,000 people in the UK who are unable to smell - a condition known as 'anosmia'. In this programme, she looks at what causes anosmia, finding out just how important smell is in guiding and shaping our lives.



This Is A Voice (© Wellcome Collection)

This Is A Voice

Wellcome Collection, London, 14 April – 31 July 2016, free

Staying on a bodily theme, this new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection is all about the human voice. Through paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and ethnographic objects, find out how our voices shape – and are shaped by – our identity. There are plenty of live events, as well as the opportunity to donate your own voice to an ever-expanding sound installation.



Jungle Animal Hospital (© BBC/Anna Place)

Natural World: Jungle Animal Hospital

BBC Two, Thurs 14 April, 8:00-9:00pm

Just look at that little fella! This baby spider monkey is one of the stars of this week's Natural World, which goes behind the scenes at an animal hospital in Guatemala. Many of the animals are orphans rescued from the illegal pet trade, and the vets are working hard to nurse them back to health.



ReactionFlash (© RELX Intellectual Properties)


iOS, RELX Intellectual Properties, free

Studying for a chemistry exam? Enjoy explosions? This app features over 350 named chemical reactions in flashcard form, from the familiar to the more obscure (Tiffeneau–Demjanov ring expansion, anyone?). Swot up on the reactions, then test your knowledge with the quiz mode.