Welcome to Brain Week on mental_floss! (Yes, There Will Be Live Brain Surgery)


We may be biased, but we think the human brain is pretty great. Sure, it’s just an organ, but it might be the most important thing on Earth. Even better, you and everyone you know has one (believe it or not), which makes us all rather special. All this week, mental_floss is celebrating the wonderful and miraculous brain, leading up to a two-hour live television event unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Brain Surgery Live With mental_floss will take viewers into the operating room for a close-up look at a revolutionary medical procedure. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is used to treat essential tremor and Parkinson's disease, and it has been changing lives. Performed with a fully awake patient who is able to speak and answer questions during the procedure, DBS surgery is a vivid example of just how amazing our brains are—and how far we’ve come on our never-ending journey to better understand the wrinkly gray mass that makes us us.

Produced by Leftfield Entertainment, Brain Surgery Live With mental_floss will be hosted by Bryant Gumbel, with co-hosts Cara Santa Maria and Dr. Rahul Jandial providing expert commentary throughout. The surgery will be performed at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio by a neurosurgical team led by Dr. Jonathan Miller, director of the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery. We’re coming along for the ride too, and all week you’ll be able to find fascinating and crazy stories about the human brain right here on mentalfloss.com.

Brain Surgery Live With mental_floss airs on Sunday, October 25 at 9 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel. Our brains are telling us it’s going to be amazing.