Neurotechnologies of the Self

Mind, Brain and Subjectivity

  • Jonna Brenninkmeijer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


Taking care of oneself is increasingly interpreted as taking care of one’s brain. Apart from pills, books, food, and games for a better brain, people can also use neurotechnologies for self-improvement. This book explores how the use of brain devices to understand or improve the self changes people’s subjectivity.

This book describes how the effects of several brain devices were and are demonstrated; how brains and selves interact in the work of early brainwave scientists and contemporary practitioners; how users of neurofeedback (brainwave training) constitute a new mode of self that is extended with a brain and various other (physiological, psychological, material, and sometimes spiritual) entities, and; how clients, practitioners and other actors (computers, brain maps, brainwaves) perform a dance of agency during the neurofeedback process. Through these topics, Jonna Brenninkmeijer provides a historical, ethnographical, and theoretical exploration of the mode of being that is constituted when people use a brain device to improve themselves.

Jonna Brenninkmeijer is a researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She previously conducted her doctoral research at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK.


STS Science and Technology Studies Sociology of Science Neurotechnology Philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonna Brenninkmeijer
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  1. 1.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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