Brain Games (National Geographic)

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Brain Games
Starring Jason Silva
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original channel National Geographic Channel
Original release October 9, 2011 (2011-10-09) (pilots)
April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22) – present
External links
Website

Brain Games is a reality television series that discusses and explores the components of the human brain. Hosted by Jason Silva, the show uses experts in cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology. The show is interactive, encouraging viewers to participate in experiments, or "brain games", that emphasize the main points presented in each episode. The series debuted on the National Geographic Channel in 2011 as a special.[1] Neil Patrick Harris was the narrator in the first season. It returned in 2013 as a regular series. Its return as an original series in 2013 set a record for the highest premiere rating for any National Geographic Channel original series with 1.5 million viewers.[2]

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

Season 1 consists of three one-hour pilot episodes.

No. Title [3][4] Original air date
1 "Watch This !" October 9, 2011 (2011-10-09)
Explore optical illusions and how our brain can mislead us.
2 "Pay Attention!" October 9, 2011 (2011-10-09)
David Copperfield explores how we use attention throughout our everyday life
3 "Remember This!" October 9, 2011 (2011-10-09)
Former detective Greg Walsh exposes memory weakness.

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

No. Title [3][5]

Original air date

1 "Focus Pocus" April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22)
Highlights our misconception that your brain is able to focus on everything important at any given time.
2 "It's About Time" April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22)
Why does time fly when you're having fun and slow down when you're in danger?
3 "Motion Commotion" April 29, 2013 (2013-04-29)
Explore how your brain use and reacts to motion in order to make decisions.
4 "Don't Be Afraid" April 29, 2013 (2013-04-29)
Explore how fear may actually be good for you.
5 "Power of Persuasion" May 6, 2013 (2013-05-06)
See how marketers, advertisers and even political candidates manipulate your brain to persuade you.
6 "What You Don't Know" May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)
Learn what you may not know about what's happening around you.
7 "Battle of the Sexes" May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)
Explores gender differences.
8 "Seeing is Believing" May 27, 2013 (2013-05-27)
Illusions highlight how your visual perceptions can be surprisingly off.
9 "You Decide" June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)
A team of experts show how you may not be in charge of your own destiny.
10 "Use it or Lose it" June 10, 2013 (2013-06-10)
The brain is similar to muscles - the more you use it, the stronger it gets.
11 "Illusion Confusion" June 17, 2013 (2013-06-17)
Optical illusions highlight how powerful our minds can really be.
12 "Liar, Liar" June 24, 2013 (2013-06-24)
Learn how to determine if someone is lying.

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

No. Title [3][4][6] Original air date
1 "In Living Color" January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)
2 "Laws of Attraction" January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)
3 "Trust Me" January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20)
4 "Battle of the Ages" January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20)
5 "Stress Test" January 27, 2014 (2014-01-27)
6 "What's Going On?" February 3, 2014 (2014-02-03)
7 "Retrain your Brain" February 24, 2014 (2014-02-24)
8 "Mind your Body" March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03)
9 "In It To Win It" March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10)
10 "Follow The Leader" March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17)

Season 4 (2014)[edit]

No. Title [3][4][6] Original air date
1 "Compassion" July 14, 2014 (2014-07-14)
2 "Addiction" July 14, 2014 (2014-07-14)
3 "Language" July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21)
4 "Risk" July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21)
5 "Battle of the Sexes 2" July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)
6 "Superstitions" July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)
7 "Food" August 4, 2014 (2014-08-04)
8 "Anger" August 11, 2014 (2014-08-11)
9 "Patterns" August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)
10 "Intuitions" August 25, 2014 (2014-08-25)

Season 5 (2015)[edit]

No. Title [7] Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Common Sense" January 19, 2015 (2015-01-19) 686,000[8]
2 "Left vs. Right" January 19, 2015 (2015-01-19) 714,000[9]
3 "Morality" January 26, 2015 (2015-01-26) 773,000[10]
4 "Money" February 2, 2015 (2015-02-02) 743,000[11]
5 "Paranormal" February 9, 2015 (2015-02-09) 711,000[12]
6 "Memory" February 16, 2015 (2015-02-16) 699,000[13]
7 "Misconceptions" February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23) 702,000[14]
8 "Peer Pressure" March 2, 2015 (2015-03-02) 575,000[15]
9 "Logic" March 9, 2015 (2015-03-09) 680,000[16]
10 "Faces" March 16, 2015 (2015-03-16) 685,000[17]
11 "Positive Thinking" June 29, 2015 (2015-06-29)
12 "Scams" TBD
13 "Sleep" TBD
14 "Perspective" TBD
15 "Animal vs Human" TBD
16 "Imagination" TBD

Special episodes[edit]

No. Title [7] Original air date U.S. viewers
"Mind vs. Body" September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05)
Compilation
"Brain Trust" September 5, 2014 (2014-09-05)
Compilation

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brain Games - About". Nat Geo. 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ O'Connell, Michael (April 23, 2013). "TV Ratings: 'Brain Games' Premiere Sets Nat Geo Record". hollywoodreporter.com. Archived from the original on March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Bran Games Episode List". Zap2it. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Brain Games on Nat Geo Channel". TVGuide. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brain Games Season 2 Episodes",TVGuide. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Brain Games Season 3 Episodes",TVGuide. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Brain Games Season 5 Episodes",TVGuide. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
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