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Recent neuroscientific studies have greatly contributed to our understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms associated with performance, potential development, personality and self-regulation. These new insights play a fundamental role in personal development, as it opens new doors to work on the core of our decisions and behaviour with the aim to bring a sustainable, healthy performance.

This two-day workshop (by Dr Karolien Notebaert, One Step Ahead) guides participants to find their low-energy-path, the path in life where one can excel with the least energy use or, in the best case, energy gain. To this purpose, this workshops focuses on two crucial self-development capacities.
Firstly, participants learn how their own identity is anchored in their brain and how this influences their decisions, language and general behaviour.
Secondly, participants learn how to train their self-regulation capacity which enables them to bring a cognitive peak performance. Self-regulation has been found to be the most important predictor of success, both in private and professional life. A fresh perspective will be given on how self-regulation is anchored in our brain and how to use this strength to significantly boost performance and general well-being.


  • Understanding of basic functioning of the brain and how our personality is anchored in our brain. Insight into how our personality influences our emotional life, our decisions and our language.
  • Recognising and acknowledging the personality of others based on their behaviour, language and decisions. Learning how to use personality differences as an opportunity instead of a source of conflict.
  • Understanding the difference between emotional and rational decision making, based on personal case.
  • Understanding how self-regulation is controlled by our brain and which factors positively and negatively affect our self-regulation capacity.
  • Understanding the differences between cognitive and non-cognitive self-regulation strategies. Experience and practice of cognitive self-regulation strategies.
  • Understanding the importance of non-cognitive self-regulation strategies to improve our cognitive performance, decision-making and mental agility.
  • Understanding and experiencing the brain networks that are involved in mindfulness practice. Mastering self-regulation as a part of my daily life


  • Mixture of theory input and practice
  • Individual reflective exercises based on personal cases
  • Group discussions to foster peer feedback
  • Short mental imagination exercises

For whom?

  • PhD students & postdocs - 12 places available
  • Priority will be given to postdocs.


  • March 18, 9:30-17:00, & March 19, 9:30-16:00
  • Participation on both days is required. A sandwich lunch will be provided.


  • campus Hasselt, building of Faculty of Law, room FR-0.09


  • Closed since¬†February 18, 2019.
  • Please only register if you are sure you can participate on both days.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development' - workshop on personal development
  • DS HLS:¬†category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'career & personal development' - one course about personal development


Self-regulation strategies, Default Mode Networks, Direct Experience Networks, the Striatum, Amygdala, and Prefrontal cortex, mirror neurones, BIS/BAS, the six basic human needs... And Tangram. Phew! There is so much to absorb from this course! Let's not forget about a touch of mindfulness. Please, do yourself a favour and try this out. No energy loss, I guarantee. You can only walk away on your low energy path from this... Thanks Karolien for sharing you research with us!
(participant in 2017)