On the new show Brain Games, host Jason Silva and executive producer Jerry Kolber uncover and explain tidbits about the inner-workings of the human brain through interactive games. Brain Games is the only show I know of where the star of the show is the brain of the person watching it! Everything is about you and your brain. It gets you the think about thinking!
Brain Games enables viewers to take a quick glimpse at the amazing human brain and “infects people with wonder,” according to Jason Silva. This show doesn’t just make it enjoyable to learn about complicated topics like how your brain perceives and interprets things having to do with time, it also makes these topics easier to comprehend. To me, it’s a science show that feels more like something you would want to see with friends rather than something you would watch at school.
On the show, deception specialists Apollo Robbins and Brian Scholl, who is the director of Yale University’s Perception and Cognition Lab, help Jason reveal and delve into the secrets behind the mysteries of not just THE brain, but more specifically YOUR brain. But for all you magicians out there — don’t worry! Brain Games isn’t doing magic tricks at all. It just seems like they are because they are tricking your brain, which is indeed magical!
You might be wondering how I got to learn all about Jerry, Jason, and Brain Games. As it turns out, Jason and Jerry spent the afternoon of April 9 exploring the interactive exhibits in the New York Hall of Science in Queens with me, my editor, and another journalist. Jason and Jerry, while using the exhibits as games or as a visual aid, helped me to see and understand the many loopholes in the human brain’s hardwiring. I even got to interview them and play some of their games. I was always amazed, awed, and sometimes even frustrated at the results of these epic games.
If you are already interested in neuroscience, go check out the Brain Games website. It has some really cool games for you to play and explanations on how they work and what they teach us. Even if you don’t think that you are a “science person,”Brain Games will captivate you. It’s just as entertaining as it is educational!
The first episode of Brain Games airs Monday, April 22, at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. Tune in to find out if you’re brain is game for Brain Games!
Check out my interview with Jason and Jerry on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website!
—Kid Reporter Dani Bergman ChudnowPhotos: (top) Kid Reporter Dani Bergman Chudnow looks giant and Brain Games host Jason Silva looks small in a room set up to create an optical illusion at the New York Hall of Science. (bottom) Dani and Jason at their normal size. (National Geographic Channels/Scott Gries)