Sharpen My Senses • 2015 • episode "S2E2" Redesign my brain

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Todd pushes his senses to the limits to unleash his brain's full potential.

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Redesign my brain • 2013 - 2015 • 6 episodes •

Make me smarter

Todd Sampson puts brain training to the test. A pioneer in the neuroplasticity revolution, Michael Merzenich, mentors Todd, showing him how to radically improve his cognition by turbocharging his thinking speed, attention and memory.

2013 • Brain

Make me creative

Todd puts brain training to the test in Make Me Creative, as he trains his brain to be more creative, innovative and to think more laterally, before attempting a creative art challenge.

2013 • Brain

Mind over matter

Todd trains hard to improve his body intelligence, visualization skills, and emotional intelligence before attempting a super-human feat. He faces his greatest fear - being chained, handcuffed and blindfolded underwater with only his radically improved brain to help him escape.

2013 • Nature

Help Me Adapt

Todd uses the latest science to train his brain to become more adaptable. To prove that it's possible, he risks his life rock climbing blindfolded up a 120m rock face in Utah's Moab Desert.

2015 • Brain

Sharpen My Senses

Todd pushes his senses to the limits to unleash his brain's full potential.

2015 • Brain

Make me Brave

To prove that brain training can overcome fear, Todd uses all his previous brain training to face his fears and achieve the ultimate challenge - a skywalk between two buildings 21 floors high.

2015 • Brain

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