brain Documentaries

The Placebo Experiment


The Placebo Experiment, a 2018 psychology documentary by Michael Mosley examing the true power of the placebo effect.   We all know what placebo treatments are, but do they really work?  Mosley explores from an objective standpoint how much the can brain do to cure the body by explor[...]

Inside a Trader’s Brain

2015 Unrated

Inside a Trader’s Brain is a 2015 documentary which tells us how neuroscientists have begun to scrutinize the brains of Wall Street traders to try and understand what makes a successful trader, what makes an unsuccessful one, and to try and better understand what makes some traders g[...]

Why Do We Dream?


Why Do We Dream? A 2009 BBC horizon episode which explores the science behind our dreams, using research which involved extensive experiments on people and personal stories from vivid dreamers. The program asks where our dreams come from, why we have dreams, and whether dreams have any sort of hidde[...]

Memory Hackers


Memory Hackers: The human brain is certainly a cunning creation, for if it was not able to create memories we would be perpetually stuck in the present and unable to think about the future.   This documentary explores the latest techniques that neuroscientists are using to "hack"[...]

The Human Mind


The Human Mind, a 2003 documentary hosted by British professor and doctor Robert Winston about several important aspects of how our brains work.   The film is split into three different sections; "Get Smart", "Personality" and "Making Friends". 

Secret Life of the Brain


Secret Life of the Brain, a 5-part psychology documentary narrated by American theatre, film and television actress Blair Brown which explores several important developmental stages of the human brain.   The film features real human stories, dynamic imagery and information provided b[...]

ADHD and Me: With Rory Bremner

2017 Unrated

  British comedian and TV personality Rory Bremner presents ADHD and Me within which he learns about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).   This condition of the brain affects 3% of the population and Bremner believes he has it. Though a lot still needs to be unde[...]


2009 Unrated

  Kymatica, a 2009 documentary by Benjamin Stewart which explores the human condition, conscious and the possibility to conjure infinite ideas.   Do we really control reality that surrounds us? Or are humans doomed to extinction in a world built around chaos? Kymatica explores que[...]

Redesign My Brain


Redesign My Brain follows Canadian-born Australian Todd Sampson as he attempts to expand the capabilities of his brain.   That very notion may sound utterly ridiculous however pioneering neuroscience and technology is putting us on the doorstep of being able to "redesign" our br[...]

Waking Life


  Waking Life is a 2002 docu-animation film discussing deep meanings concerning the universe, created by American director Richard Linklater (School of Rock, Boyhood).   Using real footage with actors which was then painstakingly rotoscoped from digital to a special animated effec[...]



Freakonomics is a 2010 documentary narrated by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) exploring how human behaviour responds to incentives.   Chad Troutwine, creator of the film assembled a team of renowned documentary gurus such as Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) who suggeste[...]

Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games

2012 Unrated

  Daphne Bavelier is a professor at the University of Geneva, who studies cognitive neuroscience. In this Ted Talk, she presents her case on the effects of video games on the brain.   How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphn[...]

The Greater Good - Mind Field - Trolley Experiment


A thrilling new documentary by the popular Youtube science channel Vsauce investigating how people will really react to the “trolley problem”. This thought experiment simply aims to distinguish what people will do in a life or death situation when they are compelled to take action w[...]

CIA Secret Experiments


A 2007 National Geographic about CIA Secret Experiments, during the mid 20th century the United States Central Intelligence Agency embarked on covert experiments using humans as guinea pigs which included mind-control and various other dark tests.

Are You Good or Evil?

2011 Unrated

In this documentary BBC horizon asks the simple yet deep question, are you good evil? It’s something that on face value can be answered easily but it is only with science that the answer is finally being unlocked.  Of course the first place to start when determining whether one is re[...]

Is Seeing Believing?


Is Seeing Believing? An hour-long BBC documentary that brings you into the amazing world of illusions and how they play tricks on the mind. The “tricks” shown in the documentary seem simple and allow the audience to get a sense of how the brain changes what it perceives opposed to what i[...]

The Immortalist


BBC Horizon The Immortalist documentary looks into how technology is changing the way in which we perceive the human mind. The film follows the story of Russian Billionaire Dmitry Itskov who is looking to defeat the ultimate goal of immortality.   To take on this challenge&[...]

How You Really Make Decisions


We all like to think that we are smart, wise, rational and creative beings who make thought-out and conscious decisions based on logic. But this very human notion may have to be thought about again, a topic that is investigated by John Simm in the documentary, How You Really Make Decisions[...]

The Brain with David Eagleman 3 Who is in Control


In Episode 3 of the Brain with David Eagleman we look at the hidden world of the unconscious, and how big of an impact it has on everything we do and everything we are. We tend to think of the decisions we make as being conscious and fully within our control however almost every decision we mak[...]

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