NAT GEO MUNDO Will Now Read Your Mind!

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By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: August 29, 2013

NAT GEO MUNDO Will Now Read Your Mind!

JUEGOS MENTALES ÔÇô Premieres September 1, 2013 at 9PM ET/PT

Since the day you were born, a three pound slimy blob has been controlling your every fleeting thought, split-second decision and complex judgment. It takes tremendous physical endurance for the brain to process everything we hear, see, smell, touch and taste, and even the fittest of the fit cannot process all this information at once. Which is why you migth miss the spellling an grammatical errors in this sentence. Using a mere 12 watts of power, the brain creates shortcuts to fill in the gaps, leaving room for error. But like any other muscle in the body, you can improve performance with regular workouts.

Exploring your mind's mad skills, JUEGOS MENTALES premieres on Nat Geo Mundo on September 1st at 9PM ET/PT. Covering topics from visual perception to sound, creativity, lying, attractiveness and persuasion, the new series sizes up the human brain using an intricate string of mind-boggling experiments, optical illusions, brainteasers and hard science. With man-on-the-street demonstrations and viewer participation through interactive brain-busters, JUEGOS MENTALES offers a workout for your mind.

Guiding you through the twists and turns of your grey matter is host Jason Silva, a self-proclaimed "wonder junkie" and, according to The Atlantic, "a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk." At TEDGlobal in June 2012, Silva premiered a short video on "Radical Openness," which explores the exponential rate of innovation and mankind using technology to transcend all previous limits.

Silva is joined by "The Gentleman Thief" Apollo Robbins, a deception specialist. A profile of Robbins in a January 2013 New Yorker article declared that "among his peers, he is widely considered the best in the world at what he does, which is taking things from people's jackets, pants, purses, wrists, fingers, and necks, then returning them in amusing and mind-boggling ways." Together, the duo will reveal the startling ways your brain works, while top experts in the fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology give the "why" behind the "wow."

"Despite all of the dazzling advances of modern technology, there is not yet a machine more powerful, amazing and mysterious than the human brain," says Silva. "In JUEGOS MENTALES, we lift the veil on some of these mysteries." Adds Robbins, "You'll never meet a con artist as gifted in the art of deception as your own mind."

Ever wonder why you get that tingling feeling on the back of your neck when walking down a dark alley? To address the brain's internal tug of war between fear and rationalization, Silva enlists the help of one of New York City's scariest haunted houses for some "Fear Factor"-like experiments with snakes, rats and roaches! But he just does not do the scaring; Silva admits that his most terrifying moment while filming the series was playing a game of Russian roulette with broken beer bottles.

If you have ever pulled into your driveway, and realized you do not remember a single detail of the drive home, then you have experienced unintentional blindness. The brain is constantly bombarded by far more information than it can handle. As a result, it stiches together small parts of what is in front of you at any given moment. Taking advantage of this loophole in the brain's hard wiring, the JUEGOS MENTALES experts are able to distract viewers, pulling off baffling stunts.

Most people find it hard to believe that they would mistake a man dressed up as a cheerleader, or confuse a huge Great Dane for a miniature puppy. By altering viewers' depth and perception cues, see how these masters of trickery transform images of Jennifer Lopez and other celebrities. JUEGOS MENTALES also breaks down the science of persuasion, using priming techniques to convince unsuspecting people that Texas seceded from the United States.

Get ready for lots of mind-blowing illusions, games and challenges that will make you question whether "seeing is believing."

Premiere episodes include:

Your peripheral vision is like a cell phone camera from 1998 --- blurry! Host Jason Silva and psychologist Brian Scholl, the director of Yale University's Perception and Cognition Lab, demonstrate how concentration can be elusive with a series of mind-boggling experiments. While viewers zero in on an American football game on the field, most will be surprised to learn that cheerleaders took off their shirts right before their eyes. During a separate demonstration, three unsuspecting people fail to notice that the cheerleaders standing just over 14 feet away are actually men dressed as women. Attention is like a spotlight that can only shine on one thing at a time. That is how deception specialist Apollo Robbins fools a group of people on the streets of New York City. While they concentrate on an ace of hearts in a deck of cards, they fail to notice that Apollo has stuck the card on his forehead.

The JUEGOS MENTALES experts examine the brain's internal tug of war between fear and rationalization. Whether boarding an airplane, walking down a spooky street at night or experiencing the seconds leading up to a car accident, we will see how dread and anticipation build feelings of fear. Putting our host's emotions to the test, Apollo Robbins challenges Jason Silva to a game of Russian roulette -- except instead of using bullets, they will use a broken glass bottle. Then, the director of one of New York City's scariest haunted houses "Fear Factors" a group of volunteers. Monitoring their heart rate to chart the level of fear that they feel, test subjects are blindfolded, ear-muffed and handcuffed to a chair. Without their senses of sight, sound or control of their limbs, see how they react to snakes, cockroaches and ratsor so they think.

The power of persuasion is a $500 billion a year industry. By exposing viewers to specific stimuli, Silva can prime the audience to respond in certain ways. If he says "ducks," it is more than likely that a viewer will see ducks in a picture that could easily be interpreted as rabbits. See how identical twins interview for the same job, in the same clothes, with the same resume. They even give the exact same answers -- but the order of the words in their answers is slightly different. The result? One twin comes off negative, and the other gets the job. Would you believe that Texas seceded from the United States if a crazy-looking guy on the street told you? Probably not, but what if a news reporter with a camera and microphone asked you to comment on the recent development? This episode of JUEGOS MENTALES unveils the subtle tricks and tactics that advertisers, marketers and even con men can use to get you to do what they want, without you noticing.

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