« Steam Train Locomotive Engine Car Bubble Blowing Bump & Go Battery Operated Toy Train w/ Lights & Sounds Marrywindix 21 Sets (68pcs)cake Decration Tool Set By Catalina Fondant Cake Cutter Mold Sugarcraft Icing Decorating Flower Modelling Tools » 3 thoughts on “Brain Games” 129 of 129 people found the following review helpful Should Be Required Viewing for Everyone, October 14, 2011 By Elias H. Zuniga (Long Beach, CA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Brain Games (DVD) This day and age even our documentaries often get “dumbed-down.” Shows about the natural world, for example, are filled with close-ups of extreme snake-handlers or tornadoes, and it often seems that about the only documentaries that capture the general public’s fascination are “shark weeks.” However, National Geographic’s Brain Games is a wonderful exception. Smart and engaging, the three episode series looks at the way our brain works, demonstrating how the brain processes information and stimuli and how that shapes how we look and interact with the world around us. The world is complicated, and our brain works extremely hard to process and make sense of it. Most of the time, it’s successful at helping us cope with others and the world around us, but sometimes it fails. And, thanks to recent advances in cognitive science, we are able to examine (and learn from) failure-cases like never before. Sounds complicated and boring, but Brain Games isn’t. There are at least 15 interactive experiments that the viewer can participate in throughout each show. These aren’t boring math problems, but rather truly interactive experiments; many will leave you in complete surprise when the the results are revealed. (For example, did you manage to notice the error I did in the previous sentence?) If you didn’t, it’s because our brain is constantly shaping the world around us so that it makes sense to us, and assumed there should only be a single “the” there instead of two. Brain Games doesn’t try to cover the implications of the scientific studies they highlight, (and it shouldn’t, as that would be an entire series unto itself) but these are of immense importance and have real, practical consequences. Our belief systems are based on the way our brains look at and construct the world, and so, for example, we believed for thousands of years that the sun revolved around the earth. Even now, our common disagreements on contentious, incommensurable issues such as abortion, (Does life begin at birth or conception?), may be traceable at least in part to the way our brains help shape and construct our beliefs. Do yourself a favor and grab this DVD. Brilliant job by National Geographic. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 67 of 70 people found the following review helpful An entertaining and an informative documentary, November 26, 2011 By Erik S. Uliasz (Fleetwood, PA United States) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Brain Games (DVD) I am a high school teacher… I teach AP Psychology and Criminology. The three disk set is a wonderful addition to both of these courses. Difficult psychological concepts are taught and explained (McGurk Effect, change blindness, selective attention, perceptual constancy,rubber hand illusion, etc.) thoroughly, but the best feature of the videos is that they are so interactive in nature. Instead of sitting passively during the video, the viewer is encouraged to play along with various interactive “brain games”. My students especially loved the brain games that forced them to become witnesses to a crime scene. Many were surprised how fallible their memory was during the line up task. Highly recommended for any psychology teacher, or any one else who desires more insight how the brain works. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 16 of 16 people found the following review helpful Should be required for every driver, December 18, 2011 By Aleph – This review is from: Brain Games (DVD) There are subtle ways in which our highly evolved brain can be fooled. Sometimes, the result is just amusing, as when a magician deceives us. At other times, the way our brains work can endanger our lives, and those of others. Watch this video and you will understand why you cannot concentrate on more than one thing at a time, even though you think you can. Multi-tasking while driving can kill you, or someone else. Our brains model our world, and we often see what the brain expects to see, not what actually exists. For example, motorcycle accidents often occur because other drivers are not expecting to see motorcycles — our brains may not “see” the unexpected, and this effect is exacerbated when we are distracted (e.g., talking on a cell phone, texting, looking at the screen of a smartphone, arguing with a passenger, or just thinking about something other than our driving). Have you ever driven past your exit because you were thinking about something else, or listening intently to an interesting recorded book? As another viewer illustrated, we often miss typographical errors when reading, because our brain filters them out. Watch this video and you will realize how much you don’t see, but think you do see. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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