The Neuroscience of Innovation — Frontiers of Science Award Lecture (Sponsored by Cosmetics & Toiletries)
Helen Fisher, Ph.D.
Neuroscientist, biological anthropologist, and author Dr. Helen Fisher is a leading expert on the biology of human personality and a pioneer in examining the neurochemistry of leadership and innovation. Her groundbreaking research in the field of business chemistry has helped determine how biological personality styles can be used to build teams and corporate boards, advertise, and succeed at work.
The Chief Scientific Advisor to Match.com and chemistry.com, Dr. Fisher collects data from her questionnaire, the Fisher Temperament Inventory, which has been taken by 14 million people worldwide. Looking at four styles of thinking and behaving, she reveals how to recognize and influence each personality and how individuals work, sell, innovate, follow, and lead.
“The more we come to understand the neuroscience of personality,” says Fisher, “the better we will be able to make rewarding partnerships, build better work teams, and create better relationships between men and women, teachers and students, parents and children, doctors and patients, and colleagues and clients.”
A valued consultant for Procter and Gamble and American Express, she helped VISA understand card usage data and Deloitte University create stronger customer services. Dr. Fisher addressed audiences at Fortune magazine, SXSW, The World Economic Forum, The Economist’s Ideas Economy, and was named a TED all star. She is the co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of NeuroColor, a business consulting and training firm, which will launch in 2015.
She has written five bestsellers on the brain science behind human social behavior. 2009’s Why Him? Why Her? explained how the brain’s chemical systems encourage people to find partners who complement their thinking and behavior, which has helped organizations enrich their operations. In 2016, her 1994 classic Anatomy of Love will be released in a second edition.
A Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, Fisher is a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, where she has also donated her papers. Dr. Fisher was a research associate at The American Museum of Natural History.
She has appeared on Dateline, Charlie Rose, 20/20, and Primetime Live. A documentary film based on her work, Sleepless in New York, premiered in April 2014. Her articles have appeared in New Scientist, Huffington Post, and Newsweek, where she examined the leadership styles of Presidential nominees.
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