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An introduction from Derren Brown
The Decoy Effect and popcorn
Dating apps, the colour red and our subconscious
  • Derren Brown's Boot Camp for the Brain
  • An introduction from Derren Brown
  • The Decoy Effect and popcorn
  • Dating apps, the colour red and our subconscious
Derren Brown

About the creator

Born in Croydon in 1971, Derren’s big break came in 1999 when he was asked by Channel 4 to put a TV show together – Derren Brown: Mind Control. Since then, his name has become synonymous with the art of psychological manipulation. Amongst a varied TV career, Derren has played Russian Roulette live, convinced middle-managers to commit armed robbery, led the nation in a séance, stuck viewers at home to their sofas and successfully predicted the National Lottery. He has won various awards, including a BAFTA, an RTS Award and two Olivier Awards. In 2017, Derren made his stage debut in New York with his show Secret, winning the 2018 NY Drama Desk award for Unique Theatrical Entertainment. As an author, he has received much praise for his best-selling books, Tricks of the Mind, Confessions of a Conjuror and Happy. He is currently preparing for Showman, a new UK tour.

Explore the episodes

Stuck in the Stone Age, our brain struggles to deal with the complexity and pressures of modern life. Derren explores how the battle between our two cognitive systems – our fast and slow thinking brains – lies behind much that goes wrong in our lives.
We enter the MAGIC Lab, where science and magic meets. We explore how the brain is prey to a whole range of cognitive defaults and errors which impair our ability to make choices which are in our best interests. Derren reveals the mistakes our brains make, but also identifies ways to avoid them – including the cunning decoy effect, which causes excessive popcorn consumption.
Our brain is a machine for jumping to conclusions. Derren reveals how the halo effect, anchoring and confirmation bias distort our ability to judge one another – when interviewing someone for a job for example. And nothing makes it more difficult for us to read each other than our powerful instinct to lie, and our equally instinctive tendency to believe.
Did you know even rats are better at estimating probability than humans? Your brain miscalculates odds and underestimates risk, resulting in most new business ventures failing. So how can we become luckier? Derren explains all.
Our confidence in our ability to multitask is largely misplaced. Our brain is really only capable of efficiently doing one thing at a time. Derren explores the difference between our ability to look and see, hearing how being responsible for a fatal road accident taught one motorist about the dangers of neurological hijacking.
To err is human… but so is our need to deny we have erred. Discover how cognitive dissonance prevents us from admitting errors and learning from our mistakes - leading to medical disasters, miscarriages of justice, warping love and causing life-long feuds. But also how we can learn to deal with cognitive dissonance and redefine our attitude to failure.
Our brain defaults to thinking in stereotypes which can result in prejudiced words, thoughts and deeds. Derren reveals that our brains can be easily primed to trigger biased responses, but that we do have the capacity to resist. Plus, how one man managed to overcome his aggressively racist attitudes.
Understanding both the strengths and weaknesses of our brain can help us avoid many of the mistakes we make in life. Derren explores how behavioural science can be applied to make all of our lives better.

Summary

Derren Brown gets into your brain...and reveals how to make it work better.

Do you ever make mistakes? Do you ever lose your temper and then immediately regret it? Are you impulsive? Do you make great plans which you fail to act on? Do you ever behave irrationally?  

Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. Your brain is to blame. Extraordinary though it is, your brain is riddled with biases, blind spots and other cognitive weaknesses which can lead you seriously astray. But Derren Brown’s Boot Camp will help you tame your errant brain and fundamentally change the way you think.

In eight episodes, packed with gripping real life stories and cutting edge science, the series takes you into the deeper recesses of the mind, to reveal what’s going on, identify the bits which tend to go wrong and show you how to repair them. Along the way it discloses the secrets of some of Derren’s spectacular tricks of the mind. 

A 7digital production for Audible Originals.

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 8 episodes to your Library now

©2021 Derren Brown and Brian King (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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I thought this would give me activities or methods on how to train my brain, instead it’s just information about neurological aspects and studies about brain activity. Interesting if you want to know about grey matter, not helpful if you’re looking to control it.

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Brilliantly beneficial. I highly recommend!

Witty, engaging, and beneficial.

I have previously read and listened to Darren Brown's book "Happy", and found that to be illuminating and profoundly helpful. This series is completely separate, but also a lovely addition to that. It identifies and breaks down our thought processes, helping us to take control of making decisions and so live a more conscious life. With pandemic life becoming quite a grind for me, it was the perfect time to listen to this and regain authorship. Plus, the episodes are just the right length and very well produced. Thank you, Derren.

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Derren retells Thinking Fast And Slow with jokes

This was an enjoyable podcast, but a "boot camp" it is not. It's just Derren rehashing all the stuff you can easily learn from one or two popular science books on cognitive blind spots and throwing in some of his jokes for good measure. The jokes did make me chuckle.

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Should Have Been Longer!!

Really enjoyed this, would have loved more episodes and for the contributors to have been listed in the details.

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great

good listen, gets your brain thinking some very good ideas amd science behind it to back it up

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Soooo good!!

Really interesting, told in an engaging way with expert speakers (that know their field, so can trust them ;-) haha) Love the little tests here and there to get you thinking

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Excellent

Really interesting & engaging. Even though I was already familiar with many of the ideas, it gave me new insights and was presented in a entertaining away.
It would have been 5 stars if I hadn't found the background music/ sound effects so annoying.

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Fascinating Listening

Entertaining and fascinating. Insights into how the brain works and how to improve it, such as how avoid being manipulated and becoming aware of your own prejudices.

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Informative, Fascinating, Entertaining.

Compelling listening. Science made palatable.. I've enjoyed listening to this audio book 3 times so far & gaining new & clearer insights each time.

Whilst I'm already familiar with some of the facts & experiments referred to this presentation gave me an entertaining & refreshing perspective.

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Fabulous !!!

Brilliant. Couldn't stop listening. Fantastic narration (of course) and lots of added bits to keep you on your toes.

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