Mind Field

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Mind Field
Mind Field title card.png
Genre
Created byMichael Stevens
Presented byMichael Stevens
Theme music composerJake Chudnow
Opening theme"Atlas"[1]
Composer(s)
  • Jake Chudnow
  • Russell Spurlock
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes24
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Phillip Barbb
  • Travis Dowell
  • Jen Friesen
  • Andy Wood
CinematographyMatthew Novello
Editor(s)
  • Gerry Becerril
  • John French
  • Anita Hadulla
  • Petey Hentrich
  • Tom Munden
  • Jesse Soff
Camera setupAndrew Burks
Running time20–35 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkYouTube Premium
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseJanuary 18, 2017 (2017-01-18) –
present (present)

Mind Field (a word play on Minefield and Mind) is an American web television series produced exclusively for YouTube Premium, created and presented by Michael Stevens, the creator of the YouTube channel Vsauce. The format of the series is based heavily on that of Vsauce, with Stevens presenting documentary-style episodes which focus on an interesting aspects of human behavior, particularly the brain and the influences of consciousness.[2][3] Every episode contains an experiment, in which either volunteers or Stevens himself participates, that relates to the topic of the episode.[4][5] For example, in episode one, Stevens locks himself in an empty room for three days in order to investigate the effects of solitary confinement on the brain.[6]

Three seasons of Mind Field have been released, each one with eight episodes. The first season ran in early 2017, the second season from late 2017 to early 2018, and the third from late 2018 to early 2019.[7][8]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Isolation"January 18, 2017 (2017-01-18)
Stevens explores the effects of isolation and boredom on the brain by living three days in a constantly bright room with no stimuli from the outside world.
2"Conformity"January 18, 2017 (2017-01-18)
Stevens explores the human instinct to conform and fall in with the crowd by conducting an experiment on groups of people in which everyone gives the wrong answer to questions except one who is not in on what is happening.
3"Destruction"January 25, 2017 (2017-01-25)
Can destroying things really make someone calm down? Stevens investigates by making people mad and then giving them stuff to smash up, and comparing them with those who are not given stuff to smash up.
4"Artificial Intelligence"February 1, 2017 (2017-02-01)
Stevens attempts to find out just where exactly the line between real and artificial minds really lies.
5"Freedom of Choice"February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)
Stevens is joined by Moran Cerf, Dianna Cowern and Derek Muller to investigate whether we really have control over our own thoughts and actions, or is someone or something else calling the shots?
6"Touch"February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)
Stevens investigates whether it is really our bodies or our minds that determine the way we interpret and feel sensations.
7"In Your Face"February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22)
Stevens explores the effects of facial expressions on interactions with others and with yourself, and whether moods determine facial expressions or the other way around.
8"Do You Know Yourself?"March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01)
Stevens investigates how well memories can be easily manipulated, and how this impacts people's lives.

Season 2 (2017–18)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"The Greater Good"December 6, 2017 (2017-12-06)
Stevens conducts a trolley problem experiment.
2"The Psychedelic Experience"December 6, 2017 (2017-12-06)
Stevens travels to the Amazonian jungle of Peru to experience the mind-expanding effects of the psychedelic brew Ayahuasca.
3"Interrogation"December 6, 2017 (2017-12-06)
Stevens consults experts on the topic of interrogation and manipulation. Stevens tries his best not to spill out two important details (his sister's name and about his job) while the officer interrogates him by giving him slight doses of drugs. The amount of drugs is increased until Michael finally tells the truth.
4"Your Brain on Tech"December 6, 2017 (2017-12-06)
Stevens takes part in a groundbreaking study at the University of California, Irvine, where scientists test how playing 3D video games affects spatial memory.
5"How to Make a Hero"December 13, 2017 (2017-12-13)
Stevens studies how people respond to unethical orders or jobs, and later tests Heroic Imagination Project students on heroism and the bystander effect.
6"The Power of Suggestion"December 17, 2017 (2017-12-17)
Stevens participates in McGill University's groundbreaking study of an accessory-assisted placebo.
7"Divergent Minds"December 27, 2017 (2017-12-27)
Stevens speaks with Derek Paravicini, a savant pianist, and explores how damage to the brain can lead to discoveries about its function.
8"The Electric Brain"January 3, 2018 (2018-01-03)
Stevens studies the effect of electricity on the brain, and how it can help paralyzed patients recover mobility and communication.

Season 3 (2018–19)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"The Cognitive Tradeoff Hypothesis"December 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)
2"Moral Licensing"December 5, 2018 (2018-12-05)
3"The Stilwell Brain"December 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)
4"The Stanford Prison Experiment"December 19, 2018 (2018-12-19)
5"Should I Die?"December 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
6"How to Talk to Aliens"January 2, 2019 (2019-01-02)
7"Behavior and Belief"January 9, 2019 (2019-01-09)
8"Mind Reading"January 16, 2019 (2019-01-16)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jake Chudnow's YouTube channel (2017-02-22), Jake Chudnow - "Atlas" (Theme from Mind Field), retrieved 2017-06-23
  2. ^ Stark, Cortlynn (July 20, 2018). "Ever wanted to be a part of a brain? Here's your chance". The Kansas City Star.
  3. ^ "Vsauce's Michael Stevens Asks If You'd Kill Five People Or Just One". Innovation & Tech Today. 2017-12-07. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  4. ^ "MIND FIELD Revisits The Stanford Prison Experiment in New Episode". BroadwayWorld.
  5. ^ "Vsauce went to Peru to experience ayahuasca". Boing Boing. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  6. ^ "Vsauce Drops Trailer For YouTube Red Series 'Mind Field', Premiering Jan. 18". Tubefilter. 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  7. ^ "Mind Field Season 3". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  8. ^ Vsauce (2017-01-11), Mind Field - Official Trailer, retrieved 2017-06-04

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