BRAIN SCAN PART OF JOB INTERVIEW?
A study at Cambridge university, published on Thursday in the journal Nature, found that entrepreneurs’ brains were more active in the region responsible for taking “risky or hot” decisions.
The researchers suggested that the type of risk-taking essential to the entrepreneurial process could be taught, or enhanced by drugs.
Their study is the first to assess successful entrepreneurs through neuroscience rather than psychological questionnaires, said Barbara Sahakian, the research leader.
On “cold” decision-making tests – those that are emotionally neutral with no need to weigh up rewards and punishments – entrepreneurs and managers performed equally well.
But tests involving “hot” or risky decisions showed a marked difference between the two groups. In a computerised gambling game, in which participants had to bet on the location of a token hidden in boxes of different colours, entrepreneurs consistently wagered higher stakes. The entrepreneurs were also more impulsive and mentally more flexible than the managers.
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