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When it comes to conventional thinking about men and women’s brains, cliches tend to take over: men are from mars, women are from venus. Women are more emotional, while men think with their…testosterone.  As any thinking person can guess, the differences actually are far murkier, with much of our conventional wisdom about how men and…

Over 7,000 different languages are spoken around the world—so many that linguists estimate one language dies out every two weeks. But one of the most important languages to your life, one that affects your every interaction with others, is communicated without a sound. Your brain is hyper-sensitive to body language, reading and judging others by their movements and postures…

How much do you know about your noggin? On July 14, Brain Games returns with an all-new season of myth-busting and truth-telling about why your brain works the way it does. This season explores the physiology of our everyday lives, explaining our relationship with food, our mindless addictions, our empathy towards others and the ways…

The new summer season of Brain Games is just days away, and viewers will be amazed as host Jason Silva reveals the surprising truths of our mind via interactive experiments supported by the latest research and technology. In honor of the new season, National Geographic Channel is partnering with one of the oldest centers of…

Is your brain up for a fight? Tonight’s Brain Games is about competition, and the curious effects it has on the brain, from  humans’ predisposition to compete to the dopamine released when you’re on a winning side. Nature naturally drives people towards competition, rewarded by the hit of the neurotransmitter dopamine that produces a powerful…

Tonight on Brain Games, host Jason Silva dives into the connection between mind and body. He describes them as “frenemies,” essential to the other’s success, but capable of fighting like the fiercest of enemies. Physiology and psychology are connected in mysterious ways, and tonight’s Brain Games explores the secrets behind mind/body coordination. Often, your mind…

Here at Nat Geo Channel, we believe that smarter is better – a belief that is reflected in our Emmy-nominated hit series Brain Games, an interactive show full of illusions, challenges and experiments that showcase the extraordinary nature of the human brain. We hear frequently from families who watch it together, “compete”, and even accidentally…

Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate love (and your inner-geek) with these Brain Games Valentines.  

In what is probably the least romantic thing you’ll hear this Valentine’s week, Brain Games host Jason Silva boils attraction down to an algorithmic explanation devoid of any matters of the heart… because it’s really all about the brain. Jason likens us humans to nothing but a piece of software running a program that says,…

Every day, whether it’s remembering where you parked the car, or just trying to find the light switch in the morning, there’s a hidden system that’s busy keeping track of everything going on around you.  It’s called spatial awareness and it’s built into to your brain. So while body awareness is your brain’s ability to…

Stress is connected to our brain’s fear-based response system. And what was once an instinctive response to alert against predators has evolved into something entirely different. A traffic jam or an angry boss isn’t going to kill you, but today it still elicits the same stress response from all those years ago. So while most…

Ready to feed your brain some ear candy? Pleasurable music releases dopamine into the brain, so we hope this playlist activates the reward centers of your brain. Happy listening! Tune in to Brain Games Mondays at 9P!

Tonight, we kick off a brand new season of Brain Games with a double-dose of all-new episodes. First at 9P, we explore the shocking truth that color is just an illusion created by your brain. Through a series of addictive interactive games and unexpected experiments, you’ll discover the secrets hiding within the colors you see…

Whether you’ve fallen for every mind-bending trick demonstrated by Jason Silva and Apollo Robbins on Brain Games or not, we’re looking for our next batch of participants to test the newest brain busters. And this time we want you, the fans. That’s right, Brain Games is looking for their FANS to participate in the next season!…

Hangout With Jason Silva

Are you a technology enthusiast, an inventor, philosopher, or dreamer? Breaking through the forefathers of techno-philosophers such as Terrance McKenna and Marshal McCluhan – the men that led the charge on exploring technology when it first gained momentum in the 1960’s, Jason Silva, host of Brain Games is the techno-philosopher and “wonder-junkie” of our new age.…

60 percent of people lie at least once during a 10 minute conversation, and on average, tell two or three lies during that time. At least this is true according to a study of 121 college graduate students conducted by University of Massachusetts-Amherst psychologist Robert Feldman. In this week’s episode of Brain Games, Jason Silva…

Have you been taking the weekly Brain Challenges? If so, it’s the week you’ve been waiting for — the final challenge is here! It’s the last piece of the puzzle to discover your complete brain profile. For the last challenge, we’re testing your lie-detecting skills. Think you’re good at telling fact from fiction? Click on…

If you are a movie goer, you’ve probably noticed that many major movies released are now available to watch in 3D. The technology isn’t new; in fact, filmmakers have been using and perfecting 3D viewing since the 1920s. If you love 3D movies then you don’t want to miss this episode of Brain Games, which…

Most people think that optical illusions show us a way that our brain is failing us. But in reality, optical illusions are a great way to reveal the powerful mechanisms that allow your brain to perceive 3-D. So get ready to have your eyes and brain messed with. Take the challenge and fight out how…

Building a Better Brain

Every episode of Brain Games explores the surprising ways our brains work to analyze our surroundings and help us thrive in our world. There are many aspects of brain functions that are fascinating and effective, but out of our control. However, the most surprising thing about our brains may be their ability to change. There…

The latest research says that your brain is no different than the muscles in your body—it needs regular exercise to stay youthful and fit. It’s time to stretch, flex, and test your brain with the latest weekly challenge. Are you staying in shape? It’s time to measure your mental fitness with this mind-bending test to…

In this week’s episode of Brain Games, host Jason Silva – with help from Yale professor and decision-making expert Dr. Daylian Cain – reveals the secrets behind decision making. Do you lean toward logic or intuition when it’s time to make a choice? Start by taking the challenge to find out. If you don’t like your results,…

Every time you make a decision, your brain enters an often invisible battle between risk and reward. Through a series of interactive games, surprising experiments, and relatable experts, you’ll learn astonishing facts about how you make decisions – and how to get better at making them. Think you’re in charge of your own destiny? Do…

Is it a Mirage?

In this week’s episode of Brain Games the team explores the things we think we see. Our brain processes an amazing amount of information and sometimes it takes short cuts to make sense of our world. This means that what you perceive may be different from what you are actually viewing. When you watch the…

Another week, another brain challenge. Do you believe your eyes? Or really, should you believe them? In the eighth challenge, we’re going to find out! We’re inching closer and closer to unlocking your total brain profile… complete all twelve challenges to reveal your results. Complete all 12 episode challenges to reveal your total brain profile..…