Brain Games

Brain Games

DVD - 2011
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"[This] three-part series provides a fascinating window into the inner workings of the brain as never before. Through interactive experiments and tricks, [the programs] reveal how our brains create the illusion of a seamless reality. As these revealing experiments provide a unique view into our brains, the world's leading experts explain how and why these tests work." -- Container.
Special features: bonus program: How to build a beating heart: "Scientists are using tissue engineering to harness the body's natural powers to grow skin, muscle, body parts and vital organs, even hearts." -- video.nationalgeographic.com.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Vivendi Entertainment, ©2011
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9781426342240
1426342241
Branch Call Number: DVD H 612.82 BRA

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1aa
Dec 15, 2016

A rather enjoyable program that doesn't explain a whole lot, but what it does explain it does so well and clearly; the play along game feature make it easier to see the diversity of the concepts, and make it easier to remember the content of the program.

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Triple_X_Rex
Aug 02, 2016

Generally speaking - I found these 3 episodes of TV's "Brain Games" (from Season 1) to be only marginally entertaining, for the most part.

And, it sure didn't take long for the "games" in this slick program to start to repeat themselves, and, with that, our host would then begin to run over the same, old information, while, at the same time, trying to make it appear as if he were actually telling us all something new.

Anyway - I honestly can't imagine how this TV show ever lasted for 6 whole seasons. I mean, Brain Games' premiss certainly was an intriguing one - But this entire show seemed too hell-bent on dazzling the viewer with tricky visual diversion, rather than actually trying to fully understand how the human brain works and how it perceives and prioritizes information.

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Derringer
Jul 27, 2016

This fast-paced TV series (in its first season) seemed to be all about checking to see if the viewer was actually paying attention (which, in most cases, it seems that we are not as observant as we might think).

By playing various perception games with the audience - Brain Games' hosts deliberately trick the viewer (often using different means of distraction) in order to encourage one to take the time to be more aware of what is going on around them.

To be honest here - I found, at times, that what was being presented to me in this program to be kinda hokey and, yes, even a bit overdone - As I (being the untrained spectator) was expected to pay too much attention to too many things going on simultaneously.

Anyway - If you are looking to kill some time - Brain Games is an OK program to do just that.

(*Watch video-clip that I've included here*)

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 07, 2016

Even though an average (human) adult brain weighs only 3 lbs. and barely generates more than 12 watts of power, it's certainly a mighty complex mass of "grey matter" that can readily store and retrieve a million bits of information and help an average person to perform all sorts of tasks, some surprisingly complicated, some not.

This 2-disc set contains 3, 1-hour episodes from the best of TV's "Brain Games" in its first season of 2011.

Set in Las Vegas, Nevada - This is a very slick production that plays "perception/memory" games with its audience in order to find out if the viewer is, indeed, really paying attention (which, in most cases, we aren't).

For the most part - I found Brain Games to be actually quite entertaining - But, when trying to get its point across - This show did, sometimes, resort to a fair amount of superfluous "hocus-pocus" type stuff.

(*Be sure to watch the "altered states" video-clip*)

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GalvyF84
Jan 23, 2014

Amazing what we don't know about our brain that could help us in daily life. The games were fun and interesting. While we perceive things one way, we don't see that there must be another side to it we don't know.

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IrishMoon
Sep 11, 2013

Excellent!

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captainjack63
May 14, 2013

I found this video very interesting on how easy it its to trick the mind. Our brains are like simple computers that use little tricks or short cuts to give us the information we need on such an ancient brain we all know and use today. Magicians have known of the shortcomings of our minds and can preform simple tricks that win us over time and time again. Even though we know how the trick works. Also learn about the short comings of a detectives interview of eye witnesses in a crime scene are unreliable.

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HereHere
May 03, 2012

Some of the 'play along games' are made harder by the video editing, and others make it easier. However, when we are mistaken, there are specialists to explain how and why our minds deceive us.

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