TELEVISION’S A BALANCING ACT: Todd Sampson in a scene from the TV series Redesign My Brain.
TELEVISION’S A BALANCING ACT: Todd Sampson in a scene from the TV series Redesign My Brain. Mark Rogers

TV COLUMN: Breaking viewer’s mindsets

HAVE you ever wanted to go rock-climbing blindfolded? Or perhaps pick a safe in under an hour? Maybe you would rather walk across a tightrope 21 floors above the ground?

If, like me, you have been watching Redesign My Brain 2, chances are you have been redesigning your own brain ever since.

The whole idea behind Todd Sampson being the lab rat of these tests and challenges is to prove to viewers that you can improve your senses, be more adaptable and less fearful in day-to-day life with techniques based on neuroscience and brain plasticity. Big words, yes, but for a nerds like me, they are pure ambrosia.

I was both fascinated and entertained while watching the series. It is as engrossing as it is clever, and is delivered in a way that holds your attention.

Combined with the magic of uninterrupted viewing not found on other free-to-air channels, Redesign My Brain 2 is television gold.

The first episode had me hooked with the different techniques Todd learnt to improve his problem- solving skills and also how to manage pain.

The second episode demonstrated how someone could learn the art of picking a safe by improving their vision, hearing and sense of touch.

If that's not a reason to go walking barefoot in the park I don't know what is.

The third episode demonstrated how to manage fear - something we all come across at some point in our lives.

If you have seen the third episode, you will know that Todd sustained some serious injuries in the name of science and entertainment, and I'm glad he survived to tell the tale.

I cannot wait for the third series of Redesign My Brain and I wonder what Todd will challenge himself with next.

Watch Redesign My Brain 2 at  http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/redesign-my-brain-with-todd-sampson/DO1325H003S00.


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