Focus Group with students

Name of activity

Focus Group with students

Short abstract

What do students think about neuro-enhancement? What are their main interests and concerns when discussing the topic?

Name of producer of material

Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW)

Age bracket

  • 12 - 18 years

Languages used in the material


Main subject approach

  • Ethics
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

Duration or extend of material

  • 1 - 3 hours of work

Method of use in education

The approach of using small deliberative events allows for an in-depth discussion on a variety of topics concerning NE. It enables students to openly discuss their views on neuro-enhancement and to become familiar with technical or pharmaceutical details as well as societal or individual consequences.

Focus groups offer the opportunity for comprehensive discussion, thus reducing the fear of contact with unfamiliar topics.