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John Coates

Neuroscientist, Former Trader, and Author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf


John Coates is a senior research fellow in neuroscience and finance at the University of Cambridge. After completing his Ph.D., Coates traded derivatives for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and then ran a trading desk for Deutsche Bank in New York. He observed first-hand the powerful emotions driving traders. He returned to Cambridge in 2004 to research the effects of the endocrine system on financial risk taking. Coates’s findings are regularly cited in leading publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Wired, and The Economist, and he has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS's Evening News, and the BBC. His writing has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and The Financial Times, among others.

In 2012, John's book, The Hour between Dog and Wolf, was short-listed for the Financial Times - Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award, and for the UK's Wellcome Trust Science Book Prize. It is the only book to be short-listed for both the business and science prizes. The book was also chosen book-of-the-month by the British Army; and John Coates was named by the journal Foreign Policy as one of the most influential thinkiners of 2012.

Speaking Topics

  • The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk Taking, Gut Feelings, and the Biology of Boom and
  • The biology of exuberance and pessimism - the challenge for risk management
  • Can humans compete against black boxes?
  • Women in the Financial World
  • Stress in the workplace
  • Building physiological resilience
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2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize Short List

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Featured Book

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

““This is an absolutely fascinating and important book. In lucid and entertaining prose, Coates explains why biology matters in finance— even though it has long been ignored—and why we all need to think more about the interaction between our minds, bodies, and the markets. This work is a real eye-opener and a challenge to us all—and one of the most original and thought-provoking works about finance to have emerged in years.”

– Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times

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