Brain Games

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Episode 5 - Season 5


Are you ready for a truly mind-blowing television experience? The Emmy® Award nominated Brain Games returns with twenty new episodes, each chock-full of interactive games and experiments designed to mess with your mind and reveal the inner-workings of your brain. Host Jason Silva is back and he's teaming up with some of the world's foremost neuroscientists to get inside your head and show you what's going on in there. Delving into topics like stress, addiction, competition, food, trust, patterns, language, older vs. younger brains, and back by popular demand, Battle of the Sexes, part 2, this season of Brain Games promises to be even more mind-bending, jaw-dropping and illusion-shattering than last season as we turn your mind's eye inward for a profoundly entertaining and revealing journey of discovery into the three pounds of tissue that makes you . . . you.



  • Delusion Confusion


    Actor Ted Danson and special guests The Blue Man Group play along with host Keegan-Michael Key as we learn how our brains distinguish fact from fiction. Games include identifying real vs. fake news headlines, spotting a poker face out of a group of World Series Poker Champions and figuring out which photo conveys the truth. In addition, master mentalist Lior Suchard predicts who's lying when it comes to hiding a treasured object, and Danson takes a ride through the show's mental obstacle course, known as the Gauntlet.

  • Movie Magic


    Actress Tiffany Haddish and director Jordan Peele join Keegan-Michael Key to play games that show how Hollywood pros manipulate our brains to make us feel genuine emotion while watching movies. Challenges and demos include taking a closer look at some of the bizarre tactics used to create sound effects in movies, spotting the stuntman, identifying a performer in disguise and illuminating how filmmakers manipulate our brains with editing. Sound designer Craig Pennigan shows us how sound alters the way our brains perceive a scene, Haddish tests her mental strength and agility in the Gauntlet, and mentalist Lior Suchard stuns the crowd with an amazing...

  • Kids vs. Adults


    Actor Anthony Anderson and his younger "Black-ish" co-star Marsai Martin face off in a series of games with Keegan-Michael Key to explore the surprising differences between adults' and kids' brains. Challenges involve language, reflexes and reaction times, and risk-taking and mind control - all before the two co-stars face off in the Gauntlet's mental obstacle course. Plus, field correspondent Cara Santa Maria pits the driving skills of teens against those of adults by reversing the controls of a go-cart, using neuroscience to explain why one group performs much better than the other.

  • Your Brain On Love


    Actress Rebel Wilson joins Keegan-Michael Key to explore the power of the subconscious when it comes to falling in love. Games and demos show how facial symmetry, color of clothing, vocal qualities, resemblance to family members and even a guitar case can play a role in attraction. Master mentalist Lior Suchard stuns Wilson by giving her details of a date she remembers - and pairs off potential partners who have a surprising thing in common - before Wilson takes on the Gauntlet, an obstacle course designed to test mental strength and agility.

  • Gender Games


    Actors and married couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard go head-to-head in the Battle of the Sexes, a series of games designed to find out how men's and women's brains differ. Challenges include stocking items in a fridge, communicating the details of a model's outfit and solving a math puzzle before a gas balloon explodes. Field correspondent Cara Santa Maria plays a game of telephone with a group in Los Angeles to see if men or women communicate better, and mentalist Lior Suchard astonishingly reveals the names of Bell and Shepard's first crushes, all culminating in the Gauntlet, a battle where the two compare their mental strength and agility.

  • The Sound of Music


    Actor-musician Jack Black and his Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass join Keegan-Michael Key to learn how music affects the brain. Games and demonstrations include a round of musical mad libs, "Odd-itory" illusions and experiments that show how music can affect our perception of images, emotions and even taste. Master mentalist Lior Suchard asks Black to think of any song in the world and tries to guess it correctly. Black tests his brain power in the Gauntlet, and afterward he is joined by singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor for an improvised onstage jam session.

  • Power And Persuasion


    Keegan-Michael Key welcomes billionaire CEO and star of "Shark Tank" Mark Cuban to explore how business-savvy, powerful brains might be different from others, and how power can manipulate the way we think. Cuban and Key undergo a series of challenges involving split-second decision-making via rapid hiring and firing, memory mastery and a ruthless game of "Simon Says." Plus, actor Colin Hanks demonstrates the halo effect by disguising his identity to become a pretentious artist. Mentalist Lior Suchard manipulates the audience to move pendulums with their minds, and Cuban tests his mettle in the Gauntlet's mental obstacle course.

  • Mind Over Matter


    New Orleans Saints NFL quarterback Drew Brees puts his brain to the test with a series of mental challenges exploring how everyday superhumans have hacked their brains and how we can train our own minds to do as we want. Games include Draft Day, in which Brees tests his reaction time and cognitive flexibility, and a game of hand-eye coordination and perception. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin makes an appearance to give an example of bimanual interference, mentalist Lior Suchard stuns Brees by predicting his every move, and then Brees takes on his own brain strength in the Gauntlet's mental obstacle course.