John M. Coates

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John Coates

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John Coates
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater University of Cambridge

John Coates is a neuroscientist[1] at the University of Cambridge[2] and former Wall Street trader for Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.

Coates' research focuses on the hormonal basis of financial decision making,[3] inspired by his own experiences trading. He describes how men trading "display what may be called [the] classical clinical symptoms of mania. They were delusional, they were euphoric, they were over confident, they had racing thoughts [and a] diminished need for sleep."[4][5]

In 2012, Coates published The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: how risk-taking transforms us, body and mind.

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ John Coates at the Neuroscience department, University of Cambridge
  2. ^ John Coates at the Judge Business School
  3. ^ Coates, J. M.; Herbert, J. (2008). "Endogenous steroids and financial risk taking on a London trading floor". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (16): 6167. doi:10.1073/pnas.0704025105.  edit
  4. ^ The credit crunch: history, hormones and trust podcast at the University of Cambridge
  5. ^ Antilla, Susan (2009-04-14). "Toxic Testosterone Crunches Need a Female Touch: Susan Antilla". Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  6. ^ Charlotte Williams (15 October 2012). "Random House gets four nods for Wellcome Trust Book Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ Andrew Hill. "Biographies and economics dominate". Financial Times. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers Foreign Policy. Retrieved November 27, 2012.