John M. Coates

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John Coates
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater University of Cambridge

John Coates is a neuroscientist and applied physiologist working on the biology of risk taking. He was until 2016 research fellow in neuroscience and finance at the University of Cambridge. Before that he was a trader on Wall Street, working for Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and running a desk at Deutsche Bank.He developed novel techniques for analyzing and trading tail events such financial crises.

Coates then retrained in physiology and neuroscience and began researching the biology of risk taking and stress. Monitoring in real time the cardiovascular and endocrine systems of traders, he found that the state of their physiology (rather than their psychology) is the single largest predictor of their risk taking and performance.[1]

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

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  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Charlotte Williams (15 October 2012). "Random House gets four nods for Wellcome Trust Book Prize". The Bookseller. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Andrew Hill. "Biographies and economics dominate". Financial Times. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers Foreign Policy. Retrieved November 27, 2012.