NYDT
  Summary of Assignments
 

“Effective leaders are made, not born Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done”

- Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State

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Students [junior researchers] are required to investigate the attribute groups skills sets of persons who

  • do “high-risk  jobs” [like astronauts, special forces soldiers, police officers, Formula 1 racing drivers] , or
  • work in occupations where high levels of academic brain function are required [Eg judges, brain surgeons, engineers]

The principal question is: Can anybody become a judge, Global political leader or an astronaut etc., because he or she wants to, or do genetic factors play a role in the person’s ultimate ability to develop the advanced skills required to be successful in such occupations?

Postulation:

It may be postulated [stated as fact] that

  • Each person is born with a specific genetic brain function [“genetic signature”] in respect of physical, bio-physiological and psychological abilities, and that specific occupation skills depending on advanced brain function are developed through various learning processes.
  • Predisposing factors influence both the type and the amount of resources that the individual can elicit to cope with advanced brain development. It may be biologic, psychological, genetic, or socio-cultural.

Research Question:

It may be theorized [hypothesized] that a person does not become a successful professional in the categories that have been specified here-above [Eg Judge, Engineer etc] because he or she wants to.

Success in any “advanced skills occupation” – such as those identified here-above – therefore depends on advanced brain function development plus advanced [specialist] occupation specific attributes [skills and abilities] development

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