Americans test mental skills for popular Chinese game show ‘The Brain’

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It’s called ‘The Brain’. It’s a popular Chinese reality game show in which competitors try to solve very difficult puzzles or challenges. Among the current contestants is a 20-year-old memory expert from the U.S. state of Colorado who’s been preparing intensively for this opportunity.

CCTV America’s Hendrik Sybrandy filed this report from Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Americans test mental skills for popular Chinese game show \'The Brain\'

Americans test mental skills for popular Chinese game show \'The Brain\'

It's called 'The Brain'. It's a popular Chinese reality game show in which competitors try to solve very difficult puzzles or challenges. Among the current contestants is a 20-year-old memory expert from the U.S. state of Colorado who's been preparing intensively for this opportunity.CCTV America's Hendrik Sybrandy filed this report from Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Highlights:

  • Chemical engineering student Johnny Briones just may have a leg up on his college classmates, and his memory is his advantage.
  • Johnny once memorized a deck of cards in just 60 seconds, faster than any American ever.
  • The 20-year-old Grandmaster of Memory  (actual title) will have his power of recall tested on ‘The Brain’, a Chinese T.V. show where contestants are asked to do things like solve two Rubik’s Cubes underwater.
  • Briones has only been taking mental tests like these for a few years. He wanted to strengthen his mind the way pushups strengthen the body.
  • Briones attaches images like Big Bird to each item he’s trying to remember. Each card is assigned a location in his house. His memory training often lasts until 4 in the morning.
  • Briones is part of a U.S. team that’s competing on ‘The Brain’.