Faculty Advisor

Bianchi, Frederick W.


The Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse, is based on a "game" designed to enable cognitive development. The game he refers to is never fully defined- it is based around the concept of the activity. This book provides the foundation of this project- to try and design an activity, or "Game," that helps to further cognition in the human species. Research into the current state of the art in technology relating to cognition, sound, and evolution was studied. Cognitive development, problem solving, and memory were analyzed and utilized to create the Game through more abstract ideas such as emergent behavior and biofeedback. The Game is designed specifically to challenge the brain. The basis of the Game is rooted in the evolutionary history of the human brain.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts