Coming Soon on FIVE - My Brilliant Brain

my brilliant brain

Coming soon to Five is a compelling new threepart documentary series exploring the incredible inner workings of the human brain. My Brilliant Brain looks at a group of remarkable people and poses questions about the origins of genius: are these extraordinary abilities genetic, developed or acquired by accident?

Focusing on the growth of the brain from conception to puberty, the first episode in the series, ‘Born Genius’, explores the development of child genius. The programme centres around Marc Yu, a seven-year-old concert pianist with a repertoire of some 40 classical pieces. At the age of two, Marc heard a rendition of ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ at a birthday party, pulled himself up to a piano and played it back flawlessly. A year later, he was playing Beethoven from memory.

But are his remarkable abilities based on hard work or was he simply born with a brilliant brain? Developmental psychologist Professor Ellen Winner explains that people have always been fascinated with child geniuses because they are doing things at “the wrong age”. “They’re not supposed to be doing things so advanced,” she explains, “so they shock us.”

The programme follows a groundbreaking scientific study into natural genius which attempts to locate the parts of the brain most involved with creating music. Other programmes in the series explore the possibilities of crafting outstanding talent through practice, and acquiring it by accident.

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  • Toni

    I watched this, it was really good. It’s amazing that a kid can do that, he’s excellent. Shame there’s only 3 parts to the program. It doesn’t just show you the boy though it tells you all sorts about your brain & how we learn stuff. Next week is about a woman who was a grandmaster at chess at the age of 18 & could whoop adults butts at chess when she was really little!

  • muztaba

    i want to be electronic engg. and want to do some more which all are missing.

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