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Brain Games: Family Edition

Brain Games: Family Edition

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Settle in with the family, turn on this show and get ready to be challenged, intrigued, stymied and fascinated. The "games" involve exploring how the brain processes information. Host Jason Silva explains every step of the way.

For example, in one "game," designed to illustrate that we are really born followers, not born leaders, a man stands next to a sign that says "Line Stars Here." At first, no one comes to stand behind him, but eventually a couple decides to join him, even though he doesn't tell them exactly what the line is all about. Once they get in line, more and more people fall in behind - all with no idea what they're waiting for. Finally, the lead man starts walking. They all follow. When he jumps over a line on the ground, each person behind him jumps over a line on the ground. Soon, they are dancing and skipping - doing whatever the person before them does - as they follow the leader. It's how our brains are wired, explains Silva.

Another challenge: Draw a circle with your left hand while drawing a square with your right hand. Can you do it? Probably not. Why? Motor messages are confusing the brain, especially since the right side of your boy controls movements on the left.

"Brain Games" is a great way to encourage exploration of thinking and of why we do the things we do.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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