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Brain Games

Investigate Your Brain with this National Geographic Channel series

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Since the day you were born, a slimy, three-pound blob has controlled your every thought, memory, movement, and emotion. Visual perception, creativity, lying, and persuasion are just a few of the mental skills explored in the new television series Brain Games from the National Geographic Channel.

Use these resources to discover the hidden limitations of the human brain, and explore how these limitations affect our decision making and behavior.


Brain Games Video Clips

Mental Shortcuts

Mental Shortcuts

Humans' brains use mental shortcuts to save time and energy, but that doesn't mean we're always correct.

Money Taste Test

Money Taste Test

Watch this hidden-camera experiment to find out if price affects taste.

Left Brain, Right Brain

Left Brain, Right Brain

Play two games that test the right and left sides of your brain.

Money—What's the Deal?

Money—What's the Deal?

Learn how the prefrontal cortex influences decisions using relative pricing.

Rabbit or Duck?

Rabbit or Duck?

A persuasion tool called priming dictates whether you see a rabbit or a duck in this fun game from Brain Games.

Marketing to Your Brain

Marketing to Your Brain

Experts from Brain Games explain how advertising and marketing tactics take advantage of your brain.

Seeing With Your Brain

Seeing With Your Brain

Brain Games experts explain how your eyes and brain work together to make sense of the world.

What is Concentration?

What is Concentration?

Brain Games experts define concentration and why our brains sometimes struggle to perform.

Decision Making and Behavior

Watch these videos to learn how cultural and instinctual factors influence decision-making, and how studying animal behavior can reveal insights into our own humanity.

Amber Case: We're Already Cyborgs

Amber Case: We're Already Cyborgs

Advancing technology is modifying modern human behavior by creating new tools that aide our decision-making.

Jared Diamond: Lessons from Hunter-Gatherers

Jared Diamond: Lessons from Hunter-Gatherers

Learn how various traditional societies treat their elderly, and how modern societies can change their behavior to be more like these cultures.

Iain Couzin: Lessons from a Cannibal Plague

Iain Couzin: Lessons from a Cannibal Plague

Discover what humans can learn about group decision making by studying cannibalistic swarms locusts and crickets.

Chimps vs. Humans: Successful Societies

Chimps vs. Humans: Successful Societies

Comparing behaviors of humans and chimpanzees within their respective societies reveals insights into human decision making and behavior.

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Brain Games

Brain Games

Watch Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel.



Innovator

Tan Le

Tan Le

Nat Geo's Emerging Explorer Tan Le is making the field of brain science accessible to everyday citizens.


Animal Behavior

Meerkat Group Behavior

Meerkat Group Behavior

Witness how meerkats make group decisions and work together.


Science Blogs and News

Phenomena

Phenomena

Delight in the new, the strange, the beautiful, and the awe-inspiring details of our world.

NG Education

NG Education

Stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest from National Geographic Education.

The BRAIN Initiative

The BRAIN Initiative

On April 2, 2013 the BRAIN Initiative—a challenge to unlock the mysteries of the human brain— was announced.


Your Amazing Brain

Check out this National Geographic Kids article.