Airdate: Brain Games

2013-05-31_1705If you’re big on optical illusions and brainteasers then Nat Geo has a new series that might take your fancy called Brain Games, hosted by Jason Silva.

A three-pound slimy blob has been controlling your every thought, memory, movement and emotion. Your brain is an incredibly powerful and efficient super-computer that helps you makes sense out of the world. And it’s time to put that computer to the ultimate test as National Geographic Channel explores the inner workings of the brain with interactive games you can play at home. Guiding you through the twists and turns of your grey matter are Jason Silva and top experts in the fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology who will give you the “why” behind the “wow.” Prepare to be amazed at how powerful the mind can really be!

Episode One:
Every 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.

7:30pm Sundays from June 2 National Geographic.

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