Hack your brain: Unlocking your true potential and bringing your best performance

19 December 2022 - 20 December 2022
(7h + 6,5h)
campus Hasselt


Using your full potential, bringing a peak performance and working agile in a digital world?! Is this even possible? Neuroscience provides us with answers. In this two-day workshop, by Dr Karolien Notebaert (The Science and Leadership Academy), participants will receive an insight in how the brain can increase the use of its potential in a realistic way. Based on scientific studies, they will learn how the brain processes information, how identity is anchored in the brain and what a healthy performance really means. Participants will be taught powerful strategies that can lead to a significant increase of cognitive performance, mental strength and general life quality. All strategies can easily be implemented in daily life.

The workshop 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.

Learning outcomes

Attending this workshop will lead to:

  • improved self-knowledge and communication through new insights into how the brain processes information,
  • insight into the personal basic needs of the brain and how they can be fulfilled for a better performance,
  • understanding the neuroscience of decision making as the foundation for improved personal and professional decisions,
  • insight into the neurological foundations of personality and how to increase performance through the selection of tasks that fit personality best,
  • understanding and knowing how to practice self-regulation as a key to a higher (cognitive) performance.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • personal effectiveness:
    • self-development
    • responsiveness to change
    • stress management
  • interpersonal competences:
    • assertiveness
    • (self-)coaching
    • (self-)leadership


For whom?

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

When and where?

  • December 19, 2022 - 9:30-16:30, & December 20, 2022 - 9:30-16:00
  • Participation on both days is required.
  • campus Hasselt, Old prison, Yellow room


  • You can register here from August 18, 2022 on.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

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' - course on personal development

What others say

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)
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