In past sixty years, advances in neuroscience have led to remarkable progress in the fight against disorders of the brain, from Alzheimer’s Disease to traumatic brain injury to addictions.
Could the scientific discoveries of recent decades about how the brain works also be used to improve the functioning of healthy individuals? A team of researchers at the W. P. Carey School of Business information systems Professor Pierre Balthazard is trying to do just that. The investigators are using the tools of neuroscience, including brain imaging and neurofeedback, to identify leadership qualities in individuals and to discover ways to enhance those abilities. “We are looking at the positive psychology aspect of neuroscience,” said Pierre Balthazard, associate professor in the Department of Information Systems. ”This is similar to what the clinicians and therapists have been doing but in a different direction. We take the God-given talent of an individual, and we actually tweak it or optimize it for certain functions.”