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Brain Games
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Brain Games

This Emmy-nominated series is designed to mess with the ultimate supercomputer. Host Jason Silva reveals how brains process information related to topics like stress, addiction, competition, food, trust and language. Interactive games and hidden-camera experiments capture hilarious and shocking results, and viewers get real-world takeaways -- how to improve memory, get a better night's sleep, make more money -- to use in everyday situations.

Premiere:
Oct 09, 2011
Original Network:
National Geographic Channel
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Positive Thinking

S06, E01  (First Aired: Jun. 28, 2015)
Learn how thinking positively can change your thoughts, your reality and can even change your life.
  • Thu 9/29
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
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Scams

S06, E02  (First Aired: Jun. 28, 2015)
Interactive games and experiments show how the brain is deceived; how scammers and con artists use the brains flaws to their advantage.
  • Thu 9/29
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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In Living Color

S03, E03  (First Aired: Jan. 13, 2014)
Astounding experiments and interactive games reveal that colors may be nothing more than illusions created in the brain.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 162
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Money

S05, E04  (First Aired: Feb. 2, 2015)
Understanding money and why your brain gets excited when you think you are receiving a deal; how to stop paying more for less.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 162
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Battle of the Sexes

S02, E07  (First Aired: May. 20, 2013)
The ways the male and female brain may be wired differently seen through a series of interactive games, unexpected experiments, and relatable experts.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 162
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What's Going On?

S03, E06  (First Aired: Feb. 3, 2014)
Explore spatial awareness, how our brains communicate and the brain's hardwired sense of direction.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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Remember This!

S01, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 9, 2011)
From learning number patterns to recognizing faces, learn how the brain creates and stores memories for long and short term use.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 162
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What You Don't Know

S02, E06  (First Aired: May. 13, 2013)
A series of fun, interactive games that show how little knowledge the brain can hold and why we think we know more than we do.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 162
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Mind Your Body

S03, E08  (First Aired: Mar. 3, 2014)
Discover how your mind and body sometimes work together and sometimes betray each other; also learn a secret about your body's reaction time that you can use for some quick cash.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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It's About Time

S02, E02  (First Aired: Apr. 22, 2013)
How you can measure something so abstract and invisible; why time flies when you're having fun and slows down when you're in danger.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 162
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Illusion Confusion

S02, E11  (First Aired: Jun. 17, 2013)
Discover the inner workings of your brain and how we perceive 3D images with these optical illusions to mess with your mind; also find out what special ability we share with Superman.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 162
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Follow The Leader

S03, E10  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 2014)
Discover whether your brain is a born leader, or a born follower, because like it or not, much of your behavior is influenced by your imitation of other people.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 162
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Morality

S05, E03  (First Aired: Jan. 26, 2015)
Testing the strength of your moral fiber through thought-provoking games and moral dilemmas.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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Seeing Is Believing

S02, E08  (First Aired: May. 27, 2013)
What people see shouldn't always be trusted; mind altering illusions show us that often it's the brain that's to blame and not the eyes.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 162
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Left vs. Right

S05, E02  (First Aired: Jan. 19, 2015)
Separating out the two halves of the brain, to discover examine how the two sides operate, what they really control, and whether or not one side dominates the other.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 162
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Use It or Lose It

S02, E10  (First Aired: Jun. 10, 2013)
Interactive games and experiments that raise the human brain's fitness to the next level, giving your brain the exercise it needs.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 162
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Perspective

S06, E04  (First Aired: Jun. 28, 2015)
Discovering how the brain becomes tripped up by odd angles and how light and shadows effect your perception of the world.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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Memory

S05, E06  (First Aired: Feb. 16, 2015)
An investigation into the importance of memory and how it shapes people's lives, allowing them to interact with a world in which things are familiar and accessible, not always frighteningly strange and unknowable.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 162
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Patterns

S04, E09  (First Aired: Aug. 18, 2014)
A series of games and experiments designed to show you how your brain is always filling in the blanks in the world.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 162
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Sleep

S06, E03  (First Aired: Jun. 28, 2015)
Testing the effects of sleep deprivation on human performance by keeping three volunteers awake for 36 hours.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 162
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Risk

S04, E04  (First Aired: Jul. 21, 2014)
Learn why nearly every choice you make, from what to eat for breakfast to where you put your money, involves some sort of calculated risk.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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Liar, Liar

S02, E12  (First Aired: Jun. 24, 2013)
Why humans lie, what goes on in the brain that allows them to do so and why telling the truth is psychologically so much easier.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 10:00AM-10:30AM
  • 162
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Motion Commotion

S02, E03  (First Aired: Apr. 29, 2013)
A series of mind-bending games reveal how the hard wiring of the brain perceives motion and how that perception doesn't always match reality.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM
  • 162
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In It to Win It

S03, E09  (First Aired: Mar. 10, 2014)
Learn what is it about the brain that makes us want to win; Interactive games test your competitive streak, as well as reveal why rivalry can be a good thing.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 162
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Battle of the Ages

S03, E01  (First Aired: Nov. 11, 2013)
Explore your brain and how it doesn't always act its age through a series of games and experiments; discover how daily routines could be affecting and rapidy aging your brain... and learn how to slow it down.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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Peer Pressure

S05, E08  (First Aired: Mar. 2, 2015)
Brains that may be hardwired to want to fit in.
  • Mon 10/10
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 162
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Animal vs. Human

S06, E05  (First Aired: Jun. 29, 2015)
Comparing animal and human brains in a series of unique competitions to see how our brains stack up against those of other species.
  • Mon 10/10
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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Don't Be Afraid

S02, E04  (First Aired: Apr. 29, 2013)
Interactive games and experiments reveal why a healthy dose of fear is good you, as well as why your spine tingles when you are afraid.
  • Tue 10/11
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 162
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Language

S04, E03  (First Aired: Jul. 21, 2014)
Learn how you understand language and create meaning as interactive games and experiments reveal how you speak a lot every day - without saying a word.
  • Tue 10/11
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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Pay Attention!

S01, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 9, 2011)
World famous magician David Copperfield and other experts show how we can trick the mind using an elegant form of attention control.
  • Wed 10/12
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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Misconceptions

S05, E07  (First Aired: Feb. 23, 2015)
Busting widely held myths about the brain through fun and interactive games and experiments; discovering if size really matters and whether listening to Mozart makes you smarter.
  • Thu 10/13
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM
  • 162
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Paranormal

S05, E05  (First Aired: Feb. 9, 2015)
Things that your brain just cannot quite explain; games and experiments that are designed to test the brain's sixth sense.
  • Thu 10/13
  • 11:30AM-12:00PM
  • 162
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