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Do You Have the Brain of an Entrepreneur?

The idea that some people are right-brained or left-brained makes it possible to rationalize why someone isn't particularly smart in a certain subject, and new research shows this type of reasoning isn't limited to math problems and literature. A Cambridge University study found that entrepreneurs' brains have more activity in the region of the brain responsible for making "risky or hot" decisions.

The study is the first to assess entrepreneurs through neuroscience. Researchers gathered 16 successful entrepreneurs and 17 managers, and a series of tests showed entrepreneurs to be more impulsive and mentally more flexible than the managers. Because risk-taking is an essential part of the entrepreneurial process, the study hopes to identify ways to teach brains that don't have enhanced activity in the medial and orbital sectors of the prefrontal cortex to turn up that part of the brain.

Do you think the part of your brain responsible for taking risks is active enough to be an entrepreneur?


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