New Series

Monday 5 May, 9.30pm

Brain Power is a new local series from the makers of the critically-acclaimed Human Potential.

In Brain Power, presenter Gus Roxburgh delves into the mysteries of the most complicated organ of the body – the human brain.
Roxburgh will explore how memory creates who we are but is also prone to manipulation. In the investigation of sleep, he will meet possibly the worst snorer in New Zealand – his snoring is as loud as a V8 engine – and come up with the top tips for a perfect night of shut-eye. Brain Power will also explore what it is to be a man – and a woman – and how our brains make all the difference.

All the way through, a group of ‘lab rats’ will sacrifice themselves on the altar of science to prove a point or bust a myth. Sniffing sweaty t-shirts, counting their sexual thoughts and witnessing a crime – nothing is too much or too weird.

In the first episode of Brain Power, memory is under the spotlight. Kate Dye, a 28-year-old office administrator notorious for forgetting names, is put to the test. She meets 15 people at a party in one hour then facing a grilling of ‘who’s who’. “I knew I was bad at this, but I had no idea how bad until I was tested on the show. It was really embarrassing,” she says. But Dye is rescued by a memory expert who claims that with a little work and a few memory tips, she can conquer her failing.

The ‘lab rats’ witness a crime in order to test the reliability of eye-witness testimony and Roxburgh also takes on the memory challenge. He attempts to train himself to memorise the order of a shuffled deck of card in less than an hour. “I think I was initially quite confident, but then as I got further into the task I realised what a massive undertaking it was. What is really amazing is the world record for remembering a deck of cards is just 31.03 seconds.”

There is hope for all of us though. “What I thought was really positive was the research and experiments we did in the course of making Brain Power. really showed that with the right tips and a bit of hard work anyone can improve their memory,” says Roxburgh.

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