Brain Games Kicks Off Summer!

Brain Games started the summer season with a two-night special event featuring six new mind-boggling episodes. Last night, Host Jason Silva led on-the-street and in-the-lab experiments that explore a number of topics, the first being the power of the positive mind.

LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Couple playing "Power Poses" game, designed to demonstrate the effect of body posture on the willingness to take risks.

(photo credit:  NGT/Adam Kilbourn)

In Positive Thinking, we mess with your mood by focusing on that little voice in your head that can change your thoughts, reality, and even your life. We show you what really makes that glass seem half empty or half full, why people who stand tall stand happy, and how a simple smile can improve your life span.

Since positivity leads to more happiness and better health, here are our top three tips on how to train your brain to think happy:

1. Mood Music. Create a feel good playlist with your favorite up-beat songs. Studies show that listening to lively, major-key music can boost your mood and overall happiness.

2. Enjoy the Good. In order to think and feel more positive, it’s important to treasure those good memories and experiences. Let yourself feel great when good things happen and recognize when things go well.

3. Fight the Bad. When you’re faced with negative thoughts, be proactive in looking on the bright side and refocusing your brain on something else. It can be hard at times, but you have the ability to determine how you react to what happens in your life.

Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? See for yourself in this digital extra:

Are you positively sure you’re not gullible? No likes to think they are, but nearly everyone is.

Scammers and con artists make it their business to know how your brain works, and how to use its flaws to their advantage. In Scams, Brain Games goes to Vegas, where illusionist Eric Leclerc demonstrates how easy it is to misdirect your brain and why gambling is the ultimate con. Hidden cameras roll as we convince innocent people to give up their money and valuable possessions.

In Sleep, we uncover why we, on average, spend more than 220,000 hours – or roughly 25 years – in bed sleeping. Brain Games challenge three participants to stay awake for 36 hours and then tests their memory, motor skills, and reaction time. We explore what exactly sleep is, why it’s important, and why we spend almost one-third of our lives doing it!

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Dr. Tim checks host Jason Silva's brain activity to see if he's well rested at the Brain Games Sleep Lab.

(photo credit:  NGT/Stephen Holtzhauser )
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Dr. Tim checks host Jason Silva’s brain activity to see if he’s well rested at the Brain Games Sleep Lab.

(photo credit: NGT/Stephen Holtzhauser )

Finally in Perspective, we challenge reality and question perceptions by looking at how your mind takes in the world around us. Your brain is constantly taking in different bits of information to make meaningful patterns that eventually form a complete picture of the world around you. Whether it’s light, shadow, distance of sound, the way your brain perceives this information creates your unique perspective. Brain Games examines if reality really exists the way we experience it and how we can radically shift the way we see the world. Our brains aren’t always as honest as you’d think!

Check out our latest Brain Games quizzes! Each new evaluation further refines your very own Brain Games Mind Matrix! And stay tuned, as the summer premiere continues tonight with Animal v. Human and Imagination.