Kill Todd (aka Redesign My Brain)


Todd Sampson the Gruen Transfer with his 'the other ABC' shirt

I don't watch TV often or really even try keeping up with news these days (after I switched to Digg reader, ironically, but I digress), however I did spot an advertisement for Todd Sampson's Redesign My Brain a few weeks ago before it began to air on ABC1. What's Redesign My Brain all about? Here's the description from ABC TV's Redesign My Brain website:

See Australian television personality Todd Sampson put brain training to the test as he undergoes a radical brain makeover in a three-part documentary series on the revolutionary new science of brain plasticity.

The cutting edge science has found that anyone can become smarter, improve their memory and reverse mental ageing with the right brain training. It can turn an ordinary brain into a super brain in just three months.

The fastest growing science on the planet, brain plasticity will revolutionize how we live in the future. It has the potential to cure learning and mental disorders, such as OCD, bipolar disorder, addiction, ADD, autism and some dementias. And its rapid results deliver benefits regardless of age. But how can it improve the lives of ordinary people?

The idea of this show is certainly intriguing. As Todd mentions as he talks on 612 ABC Brisbane, it is thought that there is a short period to develop your brain and then you fine tune it until the age of 30 whereupon it then begins to decline. Although we have no way of actually stopping it, we can slow this process by training our brain and continually testing its boundaries.

It's not a particularly new or mindblowing concept when you think about it, considering my grandparents around their 80s are still playing mahjong to keep their minds sharp and can beat me with hands that could send everyone on the table bankrupt, yet we get caught up in the idea that there's a limiting factor, I suppose.

Mahjong tiles

In his talk with 612 ABC Brisbane, Todd Sampson mentioned how mobile phones have impacted positively in some ways, yet because of a reliance on the phone now as a source of our information, this means that we have stopped trying to remember information for ourselves, and instead just remember how we can find information. As someone whose been trying to get into making lists lately precisely so that I don't have to keep thinking about it and dwelling on it, now I'm considering whether it's worth it to continue keeping my mental lists of tasks after all (however messy it is).

In any case, today's Friday so I've already missed two episodes with the third and last one airing next week, but hopefully I'll be able to catch up via iView or some other means as more than likely I wouldn't be able to watch it as it airs, considering I have class at this time! I'm really looking forward to watching this as soon as I get assignments out of the way!

Todd Sampson gives us a tip at the end of the program that reminds me of the 'using a mouse with your left hand' concept (though this is for different reasons, possibly?) that I tried once but quickly gave up on due to lack of desk space.

Tip: Brush your teeth with your weaker hand

ABC Website: Redesign My Brain
Top image from Todd Sampson T-shirts.