In Hack in the Brain – Education, we explored how currently available, neuroscientific knowledge and neurotechnologies can be applied to improve learning and the learning environment both now and in the foreseeable future.

Such exploration is important because brainhacking could eventually cause a revolution in education. We are, however, not at all prepared for such an event. In this phase of exploration and innovation, we are bringing relevant parties together on this topic, which will provide fertile ground for inspiration, new ideas, and critical reflection.

This decade is marked by a revolution in our understanding of the brain. Thanks to new technologies and easy obtainable software and hardware, neuroscience—and our knowledge about the brain—is becoming increasingly accessible. Not only could academic or commercial breakthroughs occur, but brain revolutions could also happen on a more personal level. 'Do-it-yourself' brain hacking is no longer science fiction, but reality. In this project, we explore the consequences of developments for education.

The goal of Hack the Brain - Education was multi-faceted:

  1. To investigate the possibilities of neuro technology for education and bring it into the public domain.
  2. Develop new concepts and applications to promote creativity and learning and to improve / enrich the learning environment.
  3. To highlight the theme and facilitate debate on ethical questions and dilemmas.

Project duration

1 Jan 2015 - 1 Aug 2015




  • Total Active Media
  • Donders Institute
  • Universiteit Twente