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Helen Fisher

  • Neuroscientist
  • Biological anthropologist
  • TED All-Star and bestselling author


Internationally-renowned neuroscientist and biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher is an expert on transforming the way we look at relationships, in both life and in the workplace. She is a pioneer in the biology of human personality and its neurochemistry. Her research explains why this new brain science is essential to inspiring innovation, building more effective teams, achieving exemplary leadership, and fostering innovation.

Dr. Fisher has been called one of “the 15 most amazing women in science today” by Business Insider, and as a TED All-Star, she has delivered five TED talks that have been viewed by more than 21 million people. With deft skill she has examined gender differences and personality types in relation to human emotions and how their evolution and biochemical foundations are vitally important to human society and enterprise.

Over 15 million people in 40 countries have taken Dr. Fisher's personality questionnaire, The Fisher Temperament Inventory, the first, and only, personality questionnaire created from, and validated by, neuroscience (using fMRI brain scanning data). Her discovery of the four basic geological styles of thinking and behaving—Explorer, Builder, Director, and Negotiator—represents the biggest leap in personality tools in the last 100 years. Her groundbreaking research she shows how understanding the biology behind personality styles can be used to build teams, organizations, and corporate boards as well as how to advertise, improve relationships, and succeed at work.

As the Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of NeuroColor, a revolutionary business consulting and training firm, she works on 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. Among her NeuroColor clients are Merck, Siemens, Fidelity, Google, and Deloitte. As she was quoted in the Harvard Business Review, “If you understand the brain, you can reach anyone.”

Dr. Fisher has served as Chief Scientific Advisor for where she conducted extensive research on the future of human sex, love, marriage, gender differences in the brain and how personality style shapes who we are and who we love.

A Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute and an anthropologist at Rutgers University, Dr. Fisher is the most referenced scholar of love and relationships in the world today and her work is the subject of the documentary Sleepless in New York. She has written six bestsellers on the neuroscience behind human behavior, including Why Him, Why Her? and the classic, Anatomy of Love.

As a highly in-demand speaker, Dr. Fisher has addressed audiences at Fortune, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the World Economic Forum, SXSW, The Economist's Ideas Economy, and the G-20. Her work has been profiled in the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New Science of Teamwork, and in The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance. She has appeared on almost every news media, including 20/20, The Stephen Colbert Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, the NBC Nightly News, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and HuffPost



  • Emotional intelligence & more: four kinds of IQ that leaders need to succeed. Emotional Intelligence is only one basic form of intelligence that leaders need to be effective. The other three biologically-based forms of IQ are Creative Intelligence, Managerial Intelligence, and Strategic Intelligence. Each, as neuroscientist and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher explains, is associated with a specific style of thinking and behaving—and associated with a different basic neurochemical system: the estrogen, dopamine, serotonin, and testosterone systems in the brain. Using her Fisher Temperament Inventory, the only personality questionnaire in existence built directly from brain physiology, validated by brain scanning (fMRI), and now taken by more than 15 million people in 40 countries, Dr. Fisher shows why this new brain science of IQ is essential to trigger inspiring innovations, build more effective teams and achieve exemplary leadership and star performance.
  • Corporate chemistry & personality: how to improve your effectiveness through neuroscience. Neuroscientist and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher explores four broad personality styles (four styles of thinking and behaving) that are based on brain chemistry and uniquely define each of us. Each personality style is linked with one of four neurochemical systems in the brain—the dopamine, serotonin, testosterone, and estrogen systems:

    • Explorers — Individuals primarily expressive of the dopamine system tend to seek novelty and tolerate risk. Curious, energetic, spontaneous, optimistic, and mentally flexible, Explorers are most likely to innovate with new concepts. They excel at Creative Intelligence.
    • Builders — Individuals primarily expressive of the serotonin system tend to like plans, routines, schedules, and traditions. They are meticulous, rule-observing, self-controlled, detail-oriented, and excel at logistical and Managerial Intelligence.
    • Directors — Individuals primarily expressive of testosterone tend to be direct, decisive, experimental, tough-minded, skeptical, and exacting. Directors are most likely to invent new technical devices and display Strategic Intelligence.
    • Negotiators — Individuals primarily expressive of estrogen excel at verbal and people skills. Intuitive, imaginative, diplomatic, and big picture thinkers, Negotiators are particularly likely to innovate with new services. They excel at Emotional Intelligence.

    In this customizable speech, Dr. Fisher uses her Fisher Temperament Inventory — taken by over 15 million people in 40 countries and the only personality questionnaire built from and validated by neuroscience (using fMRI)—to show how knowledge of these biologically-based personality styles can be used to more effectively to:

    • Build Teams, Corporate Boards, and Partnerships
    • Spark Innovation
    • Lead
    • Teach and learn
    • Advertise, Sell, and Market

    Dr. Fisher provides detailed data—based on the latest neuroscience—on how to recognize and connect with each of these four personality styles, including what to avoid; how materials should be presented; the words and body language to employ; each type's strongest skillset; how to recognize signs of trouble when interacting with each personality style; and how individuals of each personality dimension are predisposed to think and behave at work and outside of work.

  • 60,000: Future love: romance and work in the digital age. Biological anthropologist and neuroscientist Helen Fisher is the most quoted scientist on love in the world today. She is the first to measure the brain circuitry of romantic love using fMRI brain scanning; the first to prove that love is an addiction; the first to measure the rejected brain in love; the first to discover the bodily chemistry of why we are drawn to one person rather than another; and the first to show how to keep love alive long term, using brain science.

    As Chief Science Advisor to for over a decade, Dr.&mbsp;Fisher developed the first personality questionnaire based directly on brain chemistry—now taken by more than 15 million people in 40 countries. Using this data on human personality and the brain, she explains why you fall in love one person rather than another and the problems and joys of different kinds of partnerships. Using more new data on 60,000 single Americans she has collected since 2010, she explains the impact of the pandemic on current dating patterns and proposes that we are heading toward several decades of relative family stability.

    So how can you use dating sites far more effectively? Why do you fall for him or her? What does brain science tell us about happiness, and how can you use the data to keep love alive? Fisher uses new research and data from anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience to explain changing worldwide courtship patterns and the future of love in the post-pandemic Digital Age.

  • Diversity of mind: the neuroscience of innovation and better teams. History is filled with innovators who fit different personality styles. From George Washington, Beethoven, and Albert Einstein to Gloria Steinem, Mike Pence, Steve Jobs, and Bill Clinton, people innovate in different ways based on their brain physiology, their biologically based style of thinking and behaving. Neuroscientist and biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher shows how you can capitalize on your own style of creativity and reach into the minds of others—to work effectively together and stimulate innovation.

    Drawing from her own innovation, the Fisher Temperament Inventory—the first and only personality questionnaire built from and validated by neuroscience (using fMRI brain scanning)—Dr. Fisher explores:

    • The four basic personality styles (or styles of thinking and behaving), each linked with one of four broad neurochemical systems in the brain: the dopamine, serotonin, testosterone and estrogen systems.
    • The role of brain biology in innovation — how each personality “type” is predisposed to innovate and how to stimulate your own natural innovative style.
    • The natural, biological composition of teams — how to build more effective teams with a diversity of minds.
    • The science of teamwork — how team members can best understand one another, contribute in different ways, spark innovation, and enhance productivity together.

    Dr. Fisher applauds the drive to create diversity in teams by including those from different backgrounds, ethnic groups, genders, and lifestyles. But cultural diversity is only half of the solution. The other half is brain biology—diversity of mind. If you want fresh perspectives, new ideas, a broader array of aptitudes, and genuine diversity on your teams, in your think-tanks, at your conferences, on your Board, organizations, you should consider engaging individuals with varied biologically-based personalities or temperaments as well.

  • The female mind: born to lead. Worried about the bottom line? There's a potent resource nearby. Using her brain scanning studies (fMRI) and her questionnaire now taken by 15 million people in 40 countries, neuroscientist and biological anthropologist Helen Fisher reports that as women move into the paid workforce around the world, they bring some innate—and powerful—talents to a contemporary business climate that needs these female skills. But women vary in how they use their biologically-based capacities to lead. So Fisher dissects basic, yet profound, gender differences in the brain and behavior to show how the sexes think, act and lead differently, how different types of women naturally lead in different ways, and how women's ancient abilities are becoming priceless assets to the modern bottom line.

Keywords: neuroscience, personality, relationships, workplace, teams , leadership, innovations, biology, negotiation, collaboration, love

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