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York College Oct. 9 Eichelberger talk to feature Dr. Helen Fisher discussing neuroscience of innovation

October 03, 2018
Dr. Helen Fisher
Dr. Helen Fisher

A pioneer in the biology of human personality and the neurochemistry of leadership, Dr. Helen Fisher will discuss “The Neuroscience of Innovation” at 7:15 p.m., Oct. 9, in York College’s Waldner Performing Arts Center. The event, sponsored by the Chloé Eichelberger Business Education Series, is open to the public free of charge.

Drawing from her own innovation, the Fisher Temperament Inventory, Fisher will discuss: 1) the role of brain biology and personality in innovation; 2) the natural composition of teams; and 3) the four basic biological styles of thinking and behavior, each linked with one of four broad neurochemical systems in the brain.  She will explore how each personality “type” is predisposed to innovate and will suggest how to stimulate one’s own natural innovative style. Fisher will show audience members how to capitalize on their own style of creativity and reach into the minds of others to work effectively together and stimulate innovation.

Named a TED All-Star and one of “the 15 most amazing women in science today” by Business Insider, Fisher has given the world a new way to look at relationships and “corporate chemistry.” Her groundbreaking research has shown how understanding the biology behind personality styles can be used to build teams and corporate boards, advertise, innovate, and succeed at work.

The Chief Scientific Advisor for Match.com, Fisher has developed The Fisher Temperament Inventory. Taken by over 14 million people in 40 countries, the Inventory is the first and only personality questionnaire built from and validated by neuroscience (using fMRI brain scanning data). Her discovery of the four basic biological styles of thinking and behaving — Explorer, Builder, Director, and Negotiator — represents the biggest leap in personality tools in the last 100 years.

Fisher is the Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of NeuroColor, a revolutionary business consulting and training firm. Her work reveals how to recognize and influence each personality style, increasing the effectiveness of teams and improving our understanding of how individuals collaborate, resolve conflict, sell, innovate, and lead. 

A Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and an Anthropologist at Rutgers University, Fisher is the most referenced scholar in the field of love and relationships in the world today. A documentary film based on her work, “Sleepless in New York,” premiered in April 2014. She has written five bestsellers on the neuroscience behind human social behavior, including “Why Him? Why Her?” and the 1994 classic “Anatomy of Love.” In addition to appearing on “20/20” and “The Colbert Report,” her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Frontiers in Psychology, and Newsweek, where she examined the leadership styles of Presidential nominees.

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