#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.