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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.

Latest episodes

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Actor Ted Danson learns how human brains distinguish fact from fiction in a series of games.
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Actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard face off in a series of Battle of the Sexes games designed to illustrate the differences between female and male brains.
aired 2 days ago
Host Keegan-Michael Key explores the inner workings of the brain with celebrity guests.
aired 135 days ago
From learning number patterns to recognizing faces, learn how the brain creates and stores memories.
aired 135 days ago
World famous magician David Copperfield and other experts show how we can trick the mind using an elegant form of attention control.
aired 135 days ago
Hollywood filmmakers create mind-bending sensory illusions; an illusion causes people to "feel" via their eyes; one blind man can "see" with his ears.
aired 357 days ago
Jason Silva meets several people in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who personify the word "survivor", and puts their brains to the test.
aired 364 days ago
Hidden senses in the brain.
aired 371 days ago
Jason Silva heads to the New Jersey Shore to show how the mind's point of view shifts over a lifetime.
aired 400 days ago
New research has uncovered that believing in God may be hardwired in our brains.
aired 407 days ago
A tour through the labyrinthine city of London; a metaphor for your brain and its numerous regions and intricate pathways.
aired 414 days ago
Discovering the reason why brains may be wired to believe everything a person hears; convincing people with one word.
aired 782 days ago
Comparing animal and human brains in a series of unique competitions to see how our brains stack up against those of other species.
aired 782 days ago
Learn how thinking positively can change your thoughts, your reality and can even change your life.
aired 796 days ago
Interactive games and experiments show how the brain is deceived; how scammers and con artists use the brains flaws to their advantage.
aired 796 days ago
Understanding how you can use your imagination to solve daily problems, tapping into the imaginative process and how to keep good ideas flowing.
aired 803 days ago
Discovering how the brain becomes tripped up by odd angles and how light and shadows effect your perception of the world.
aired 803 days ago
Testing the effects of sleep deprivation on human performance by keeping three volunteers awake for 36 hours.
aired 924 days ago
How the brain and body are connected, and which is in charge.
aired 931 days ago
The many ways your brain deceives you on a daily basis.
aired 1,075 days ago
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.

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