Author: Darren Miller, Ph.D.

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The Santa Claus rally is on, but will it deliver? Oh, in case you didn’t hear, bitcoin had a bit of a hiccup this week after reaching all-time highs on Sunday. Enjoy your weekend and some of the obscure bowl games! Inner workings of poker champ AI revealed | Carnegie Mellon University  Our response to “A

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Yet another record high for the S&P 500. With the December OpEx out of the way it looks as though the tax bill vote (or no vote) next week is the only potential roadblock for the Santa Claus rally. Enjoy your weekend! Star Wars science: Sci-Fi syndrome, Neuroprosthetics, and Luke Skywalker’s hand | Neuwrite ‘Diet’ products

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Ah yes, the smell of fresh new all-time highs in the S&P 500 and pine. 2017 has been one for the records books, no question. And we’re now entering the most wonderful time of the year. Want to be successful and happy? Restrain yourself: USA Today   ‘Let the soul dangle’: how mind-wandering spurs creativity: Aeon

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Hard to believe, but the S&P 500 had a down week…of -0.55. Seems like it was more, but perhaps that was all the volatility on Friday. Here’s some of the things I found interesting while reading this week. Have a great weekend! Body Mass Index and risk of dementia (PDF): Elsevier Evidenced-based policy mistakes: Project

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New all-time highs in the S&P 500 as we head into December next week. I managed to stay in ketosis through the Thanksgiving holiday with the help of almond flour pie crust and mashed  cauliflower. And there were no political arguments at the table, which is always good. Enjoy your weekend! Intermittent fasting and manipulating

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Getting back into the routine of bookmarking interesting articles that I’ve found over the past week (or so) and thought I’d start sharing them again. Enjoy your weekend! The three rules of neural networks: Psychology Today Your brain is a DJ playing three songs at once: Science Friday Carol Dweck: the three biggest misconceptions about

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Cognitive Flexibility

Cognitive flexibility is being aware that in any given situation there are options and alternatives available. As an example, you don’t have to stay in a losing position, yet so many traders do just that as their conviction in a trade turns to hope. Cognitive flexibility is a critically important executive function  that occurs, almost

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Executive Function and Trading

A while back I asked the question of whether or not you were an instinctual trader. To find out you were asked to click a link and play an online card game. The game is called the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) and was developed to simulate real-life financial decisions where performance is strongly influenced by

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Are you an instinctual trader?

How would you describe the decision process of your trading? Is it mainly based on technical analysis? Do you incorporate fundamental analysis at all? What about astrology? How much does instinct come into play in your trading decisions? Probably more than you’d like to admit. I’ll post a follow-up to this question later. For now,

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Can You Multitask?

I recently shared some information regarding the dangers of multitasking which led to Allison sending me a link to a multitasking test she helped create. As the test (and numerous research) points out our brains are simply unable to do two things at once. What this test is actually measuring is the TIME it takes

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