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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
Episodes
  • Ep 1: The Troublesome Brain

    Feb 23 2021

    The cognitive story behind a simple act of aggression. How our brain is essentially stuck in the Stone Age, struggling to deal with the complexity and pressures of modern life. And how an ongoing battle between our twin cognitive systems - our fast and slow thinking brains - lies behind much that goes wrong in our lives.  

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  • Ep 2: The Illusion of Free Choice

    Feb 23 2021

    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.

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    32 mins
  • Ep 3: What You See Is All There Is

    Feb 23 2021

    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.  

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    32 mins
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.

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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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Not helpful

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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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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great

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

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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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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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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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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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Confusing

The infomation is great but the process is poor - it took a long time to work out how to listen to the audios - then I am stuck at 3 - is this the whole series? - no explanation as to how you progress to more - I am confused - I like DB - I like what he does on TV - it is very entertaining and he has clearly focussed on enhancing his ability - whether it is through memory enhancement - or capability of coping with higher pain - but I am puzzled by the setup of this audio series- help

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  • Georgi Georgiev
  • 26-03-21

Basically a summary of "Thinking, Fast and Slow"

Derren Brown is a good performer and this was definitely a much easier way to get most of the topics from "Thinking, Fast and Slow". I've already listened to the book and still enjoyed this podcast version. The second half has more ideas in the same spirit from other sources and if you want to learn more about how your brain works, you'd truly enjoy this.

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  • carlos tabares
  • 11-05-21

It worths my time

It's based on thinking fast thinking slow book
I can listen to Derren for hours and hours so I hope there would be more episodes in the future.
Fully recommended

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  • David
  • 10-05-21

Great listen.

Great book narrated by Derren Brown himself. An entertainer through and through..The book has some great information which all should be aware of.

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  • SharonP
  • 29-03-21

What can I say? Classic Derren Entertainment

Derren never fails to amaze me with his mind tricks and astonishing psychological experiments. Even though he’s his own worst critic, he is in my view one of the most gifted people in entertainment and retaining people’s attention whilst mesmerizing them with his magic & charm. Boot Camp is the perfect blend of wit and fascinating data with a hint of mystery delivered in a tongue-in-cheek manner. Love it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-03-21

Can never go wrong with Mr Brown.

Absolutely brilliant. As always, Derren Brown creates a world of Wonder for us to delve into and explore alongside him. Genius.

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  • Deanna Mushins
  • 22-09-21

Derren never disappoints

Awesome as always, funny, interesting and informative ! I have been a huge fan since 2008, I’ve seen him live in Glasgow and pretty much watched every show. Now I am onto his audiobooks and still after all this time he comes up with incredible content.

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  • Lisa Cerezo
  • 20-09-21

Should be required listening for anyone with a brain

I’ve admired Derren Brown’s observations on the human mind through his various tv programs for years. But this deeper dive into the finer points of human psychology was especially interesting to listen to, as well as greatly entertaining. The combination of Derren’s storytelling and the additions from experts in the pertinent fields made for a very enjoyable listening experience. Gave me quite a lot to ponder afterward.

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  • anthony stefani
  • 07-09-21

Derren never misses

He is using his gift to help all of us lead better lives. I recommend all of his books and of course this podcast. Been a fan since 2006

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  • Staci
  • 22-08-21

Excellent!

I thoroughly enjoyed every episode and plan to listen again soon. Much appreciate that Derren narrated this series! I could listen to him speak for an endless amount of time. Not only is he able to capture listeners with his lovely, enthusiastic voice, but even more with his brilliant mind and exquisite ability to convey big concepts to just about anyone willing to actually listen. Highly recommend!!

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  • Elaine Elmer
  • 30-03-21

Highly recommend!

Great listen, informative, entertaining, explained a great deal that I hadn’t understood before. Would love to learn more on this topic.