‘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
Now shortlisted for the 2012 Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award and the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf is a resonant exploration of economic behaviour and its consequences.
Neuroscientist and former Wall Street trader John Coates here explains how we think with our body as well as our brain; when we take risks at work, in sport, on the battlefield, and the financial markets. Could the biological responses to making and losing money trigger the extreme reactions that regularly destabilise the global economy?
In a series of groundbreaking experiments, Coates shows that under the pressure of risk we biologically transform, a metamorphosis he refers to as the hour between dog and wolf. Traders are especially prone; testosterone-driven when winning, tentative when cowering from losses.
Drawing on recent research, Coates looks at how our bodies produce the gut feelings we often rely on and how sports science can teach us to overcome stress. The Hour Between Dog and Wolf comprehensively reveals the biology behind bubbles and crashes.