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Smart Growth: The Case for Measuring Brain Capital

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Psychiatric Times

Anika Sinha, Rashi Ojha, Erin Smith, William Hynes, Cara Altimus, Sandra Bond Chapman, Ian Robertson, Husseini K. Manji, Rym Ayadi and Harris Eyre

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In total, brain health disorders cost the global economy more than $3 trillion per year in lost productivity. In particular, mental health has been a growing concern among workers during the pandemic. Brain Capital puts a premium on brain health and critical brain skills for a digitized economy, including self-control, emotional intelligence, creativity, compassion, altruism, systems thinking, collective intelligence, and cognitive flexibility. Written by leaders in science and industry, this article proposes that a digitized economy is fundamentally a Brain Economy where a premium is placed on cerebral, rather than manual, skills. In this reading, the authors explore several innovative approaches to promoting Brain Capital in the workplace.

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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

Ian Robertson, PhD

T. Boone Pickens Distinguished Chair Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

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