The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk-taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust

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9780007490691: The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk-taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust

In this time of financial crisis, a resonant and singular exploration of economic behaviour and its ramifications.

When we talk about a gut feeling, what do we mean?

Neuroscientist and former Wall Street trader John Coates explains what we have long suspected: that we think with our body as well as our brain. It happens when we take risks – in sport, on the battlefield and even in the financial markets. Making and losing money provokes an overwhelming biological response. Could this bodily turmoil lead to the kind of irrational behaviour destabilises the global economy?

In a series of groundbreaking experiments, Coates has shown that under the pressure of risk our biology transforms us into different people, from revved-up and aggressive to nervous and risk-averse. He refers to this transformation as the hour between dog and wolf. Traders and investors are especially prone. The Hour Between Dog and Wolf reveals the biology of bubbles and crashes and sheds new and surprising light on issues that affect us all.

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‘This brilliant book shows how human biology contributes to the alternating cycles of irrational exuberance and pessimism that destabilise banks and the global economy – and how the system could be calmed down by applying biological principles … Should be top of the summer reading list for Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan, and anyone else wondering why traders so often get banks into trouble’ Financial Times

‘This stunning book… should be compulsory reading for anyone concerned about the behaviour of those involved in the lying and manipulation of those involved in the lying and manipulation of successive banking scandals’ Mail on Sunday

‘If Coates is right- the evidence he presents is compelling- then the financial; crises that so frequently plague capitalism find their roots in human biology’ New Scientist Magazine

‘The picture of humans as rational economic machines has gone down the tubes. This book looks at the biology of why Homo economicus is a myth, and no one is better positioned to write this than Coates – he is a neuroscientist and an economist and an ex-Wall Street trader and a spectacular writer. A superb book’ Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Neurology, Stanford University, and author of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

‘A terrific read – better than any amount of economic analysis because it explains what lies at the root of economic disaster – those biological drivers that cause sane and clever people to make catastrophic decisions. Every banker should be made to read it!’ Rita Carter, author of Mapping the Mind

‘It makes intuitive sense that biological responses inform the mood of the markets. This book puts flesh on that idea’ Economist

About the Author:

John Coates is a senior research fellow in neuroscience and finance at the University of Cambridge. He previously worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs, and ran a trading desk for Deutsche Bank. In 2004 he returned to Cambridge to research the biology of financial risk-taking. His work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Financial Times and been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, New Scientist, Wired and Time.

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ISBN 10: 0007490690 ISBN 13: 9780007490691
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