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Building Brain Capital

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Harris A. Eyre, Rym Ayadi, William Ellsworth, Gowri Aragam, Erin Smith, Walter D. Dawson, Agustin Ibanez, Cara Altimus, Michael Berk, Husseini K. Manji, Eric A. Storch, Marion Leboyer, Naoko Kawaguchi, Michael Freeman, Patrick Brannelly, Facundo Manes, Sandra B. Chapman, Jeffrey Cummings, Carol Graham, Benjamin F. Miller, Zoltan Sarnyai, Retsina Meyer and William Hynes

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This group of interdisciplinary researchers asks people around the world to look beyond conventional ways of measuring national health, like gross domestic product (GDP), consumer optimism and unemployment rates—and to embrace the critical need to cultivate Brain Capital, "broadly defined as a form of capital which prioritizes brain skills and brain health."The authors argue that Brain Capital has proven critical to "economic and societal recovery and resilience," as shown by high-profile developments and powerful support within both private and public sectors (e.g., the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative and the UN System Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy). As the global economy relies on creativity and intellectual skills, these scientists see Brain Capital as "the new oil."

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

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