Mean Markets and Lizard Brains: How to Profit from the New Science of Irrationalityby Terry Burnham
In Mean Markets and Lizard Brains, Terry Burnhaman economist who has a proven ability to translate complex topics into everyday languagereveals the biological causes of irrationality and its connection to the way we invest. The human brain contains ancient structures that exert powerful and often unconscious influences on behavior. This "lizard brain"
In Mean Markets and Lizard Brains, Terry Burnhaman economist who has a proven ability to translate complex topics into everyday languagereveals the biological causes of irrationality and its connection to the way we invest. The human brain contains ancient structures that exert powerful and often unconscious influences on behavior. This "lizard brain" may have helped our ancestors eat and reproduce, but it wreaks havoc on our finances. Going far beyond cataloguing our financial foibles, Dr. Burnham applies this novel approach to all of today's most important financial topicsthe stock market, the economy, real estate, bonds, mortgages, inflation, and savings. This broad and scholarly investigation provides an in-depth look at why manias, panics, and crashes occur and how you can profit from this knowledge.
The investigation into the economic implications of the lizard brain began in the late 1970sand led to a 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics being awarded to the scholars of this new approachbut only recently have individual investors and market professionals begun to exploit these findings to explain, analyze, and predict market direction. In contrast to old-school assumptions of cool-headed rationality, the new school embraces hot-blooded human irrationality as a core feature of both individuals and financial markets.
Mean Markets and Lizard Brains converts cutting-edge intellectual developments into practical investment steps. Filled with in-depth insights and real-world advice, this guide:
- Provides a timeless blueprint for effective and low-stress investing through a thorough examination and explanation of the lizard brain.
- Summarizes the key findings of the science of irrationality and reveals the biological forces that cause even the smartest of people to make systematic mistakes.
- Sets the macroeconomic stage for choosing investments, with discussions of the economy, inflation, and the value of the U.S. dollar.
- Evaluates investments based on understanding how the lizard brain operates in today's global macroeconomic landscape.
By understanding and taming the lizard brain, you can position yourself to prosper in financial markets that often seem downright mean. Mean Markets and Lizard Brains skillfully identifies the craziness that is part of human nature, helps us see it in ourselves, and then shows us how to profit from a world that doesn't always make sense.
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Meet the Author
TERRY BURNHAM is a leader in the application of biology to economics and finance. He was an economics professor at Harvard for many years, beginning at the Kennedy School and, most recently, at the Harvard Business School. His biological research has taken him to Africa to observe wild chimpanzees and to the laboratory to study the role of testosterone in negotiation. He is coauthor of the international bestseller Mean Genes. Before joining the Harvard faculty, he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. and was the president and CFO of the successful start-up biotechnology firm, Progenics Pharmaceuticals, whose work in AIDS and cancer treatment has been widely praised. Dr. Burnham has a PhD in business economics from Harvard University, a master's in finance from MIT, an MS in computer science from San Diego State University, and a BS in biophysics from the University of Michigan. He served with distinction as a tank driver in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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