The Hour between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings, and the Biology of Boom and Bust [NOOK Book]

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A successful Wall Street trader turned neuroscientist reveals how risk taking and stress transform our body chemistry



Before he became a world-class scientist, John Coates ran a derivatives trading desk in New York City. He used the expression “the hour between dog and wolf” to refer to the moment of Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation traders passed through when under ...
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The Hour between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings, and the Biology of Boom and Bust

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Overview

A successful Wall Street trader turned neuroscientist reveals how risk taking and stress transform our body chemistry



Before he became a world-class scientist, John Coates ran a derivatives trading desk in New York City. He used the expression “the hour between dog and wolf” to refer to the moment of Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation traders passed through when under pressure. They became cocky and irrationally risk-seeking when on a winning streak, tentative and risk-averse when cowering from losses. In a series of groundbreaking experiments, Coates identified a feedback loop between testosterone and success—one that can cloud men’s judgment in high-pressure decision-making. Coates demonstrates how our bodies produce the fabled gut feelings we so often rely on, how stress in the workplace can impair our judgment and even damage our health, and how sports science can help us toughen our bodies against the ravages of stress. Revealing the biology behind bubbles and crashes, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf sheds new and surprising light on issues that affect us all.
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As a successful Wall Street derivates trader, John Coates saw that market trends were stoked by testosterone; as a respected Cambridge neuroscientist, he learned to better understand how body chemistry has caused major global stock fluctuations. His new book draws on cutting-edge research to show how investors' unconscious disposition towards risk-taking shapes real-world decisions that affect us all. In this era of volatile markets, an especially significant book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101583630
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/14/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 171,382
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John Coates is a senior research fellow in neuroscience and finance at the University of Cambridge. He previously worked for Goldman Sachs and ran a trading desk for Deutsche Bank in New York City. He lives in Cambridge, England.
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