Brain Games

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Monday 9:00 PM on National Geographic Premiered Oct 09, 2011 In Season

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  • What's Going On?

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 2/3/14

    This week our spatial awareness and sense of direction is tested.

  • Stress Test

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 1/27/14

    How we handle stress and how it influences us is examined.

  • Trust Me

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 1/20/14

    Our ability to trust is determined to be necessary for our survival, but can be influenced by certain social clues.

  • Laws of Attraction

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 1/13/14

    The act of love at first sight is broken down into it's fundamental scientific principals.

  • In Living Color

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 1/13/14

    How our brain perceives color is examined and tested.

  • Battle of the Ages

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    S 2 : Ep 13 - 11/11/13

    When is the human brain at it's best? Various age groups are tested to find out.

  • Seeing Is Believing

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    S 2 : Ep 12 - 6/24/13

    Seeing is believing, right? Not necessarily. It all depends on your perspective. In this episode of Brain Games, mind-bending illusions will show you the ways in which your visual perceptions can be surprisingly off. Watch as your brain turns beautiful people into scary monsters, and reduces giants to miniatures. We'll make you question what you see. Host Jason Silva, deception specialist Apollo Robbins, and psychologist Dr. Daniel Simons will explore the idea that, even when your brain makes its best guess, the world you see is not quite accurate.moreless
  • Liar, Liar

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 6/24/13

    Host Jason Silva and deception specialist Apollo Robbins break down why we lie and what happens in the brain, even though science tells us that the truth is physiologically and neurologically easier.
  • Illusion Confusion

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    S 2 : Ep 10 - 6/17/13

    Brain Games reveals how optical illusions are a great way of showing the powerful mechanisms at work that allow your brain to perceive three dimensions.
  • Use It or Lose It

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    S 2 : Ep 9 - 6/10/13

    All the latest research says that your brain needs exercise to stay youthful and fit. Wonder junkie Jason Silva and deception specialist Apollo Robbins are going to put your brain to the test with a serious workout.moreless
  • You Decide

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 6/3/13

    Every time you make a decision, your brain enters an often invisible battle between risk and reward. Through a series of addictive interactive games, surprising experiments, and relatable experts you'll learn astonishing facts about how you make decisions - and how to get better at making them.moreless
  • Battle of the Sexes

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 5/20/13

    From the second you're born, you're a unique individual. You'll make choices about your friends, your career, your relationships, where you live, and how you dress. But one thing you don't get to choose is whether you were born a man or a woman - and that flip of the genetic coin will play a huge role in determining how you think about...well, almost everything. In this episode, we find out once and for all which gender's hard drive is wired better...for doing what.moreless
  • What You Don't Know

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 5/13/13

    Bet you could explain something as basic as how a zipper works? Or correctly draw something as simple as a bicycle? If you said yes, you likely bet wrong... but don't worry it's not just you! When you stop and think about it, you're probably not that aware of all of the things you don't understand. The fact is we go through our daily lives feeling pretty confident in our knowledge and understanding of the world, but that confidence is mostly an illusion. In this episode of Brain Games, we'll show you firsthand just how the "illusion of knowledge" plagues the human brain and why we fall victim, again and again, to the notion that we understand more than we actually do.moreless
  • Power of Persuasion

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 5/6/13

    By exposing us to specific stimuli, Jason Silva can prime our brains to respond in certain ways. See how identical twins interview for the same job, in the same clothes, with the same resume. They even give the exact same answers—-ut the order of the words in their answers is slightly different. The result? One twin comes off negative, and the other gets the job. Would you believe that Texas seceded from the U.S. if a crazy-looking guy told you? Probably not, but what if a news reporter with a microphone did? This episode unveils the subtle tactics that advertisers, marketers and con men can use to get you to do what they want, without you noticing.moreless
  • Don't Be Afraid

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 4/29/13

    Our experts examine the brain's internal tug of war between fear and rationalization. Whether boarding an airplane or walking down a spooky street at night, we'll see how dread and anticipation build feelings of fear. Putting our host's emotions to the test, Apollo Robbins challenges Jason Silva to a game of Russian roulette. Then, with the help of John Harlacher, co-director of one of New York City's scariest haunted houses, we "Fear Factor" a group of volunteers. Without their senses of sight, sound, or control of their limbs, see how they react to snakes, cockroaches and rats... or so they think.moreless
  • Motion Commotion

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 4/29/13

    This is a show about your brain and how it perceives motion. Evolving in a world that is constantly moving, the human brain had to develop a pretty sophisticated sense of motion in order to survive. This episode stops to ask some deceptively simple questions--What really is motion? Is the movement that you see real? Or is the wiring of your brain's motion detectors merely being fooled? We explore the science behind how your brain detects and interprets motion, and you'll see how easily this hard-wiring can be fooled... for better and for worse.moreless
  • It's About Time

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 4/22/13

    Ever wonder why a watched pot never boils? See how the brain can actually warp and shift time, giving a false impression of the order and the speed of events. Neuroscientist Dr. Chess Stetson explains the oddball effect using a series of pictures. Illusionist Apollo Robbins uses juggling pins to demonstrate what happens when the brain doesn't have enough time to process a large amount of information, while host Jason Silva plays with the speed of sound and light to find out why movies and television shows are sometimes out of sync.moreless
  • Focus Pocus

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 4/22/13

    Think your field of vision is really in focus, or that your brain is focusing on everything happening in front of you? Think again. Your peripheral vision is blurrier than a cell phone camera from 1998! In this episode, host Jason Silva--with the help of deception specialist Apollo Robbins and psychologist Brian Scholl, the director of Yale University's Perception and Cognition Lab--reveals the secrets behind the mysteries of focus and attention. Using the all-American pastime football as a backdrop, they'll demonstrate how your brain is constantly working to select what it thinks is the most important information, and filtering out the rest... as if it was never there.moreless
  • Remember This!

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 10/9/11

    With memory, things are not always as they seem: Details go missing, recollections change, and sometimes our brains fill in the blanks and create false visual memories. Our experts are on a mission to find out where memories reside in the brain by examining every millimeter for clues. Brain Games investigates every piece of the memory puzzle, from how we recognize faces--even if they have been digitally distorted--to how we can move memories from short-term to long-term storage.moreless
  • Pay Attention!

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 10/9/11

    When it comes to mastering-and manipulating-attention, some of the world's leading experts aren't scientists; they're magicians like David Copperfield. While the brain's attention acts a bit like a spotlight to filter and make sense of a busy world, it can be easily controlled and deceived. Copperfield and a team of experts test, trick, and fool using an elegant form of attention control.moreless
  • Watch This!

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 10/9/11

    Hack into the ultimate supercomputer--the human brain--as Hollywood filmmakers use color, light, motion, depth and sound to create mind-bending sensory illusions. Is it possible to feel the sensation of accidentally cutting your finger just by watching TV? Much of what we experience may be a mere fabrication, as our brains fill in gaps and stitch together a complete picture of the world bit-by-bit, designed to overcome our eyes' blind spots. But what happens when your senses get crossed?moreless
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