As of Friday’s close this is the third worst start to November on record. Things have not worked out too well for the rest of the month when stumbling out of the gate. There’s plenty of opinions out there as to where we go from here and that makes it easy to form myopic opinions. Seems that short time-frames are about all one can trust in this headline driven market with a $VIX that moves between 25-35.

Economic catalysts are extremely light next week with Chairman Bernanke speaking on Wednesday followed by weekly claims on Thursday. Friday is a bank holiday but we do get preliminary data on consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan. It’s one of the lighter weeks in a long time so focus will be, ugh, on the mess that is the EU. In my opinion we’d be near 1350 if not for all the BS from the other side of the pond.

  • Behavior change in 15-minute sessions? [APA]
  • Decoding the brain’s cacophony [New York Times]
  • The complicated psychology of revenge [APS]
  • Why spending money on others promotes your happiness [PsyBlog]
  • Zombie brain: Conclusions [The Cognitive Axon]
  • Nerve protein linked to learning and memory [UIC]
  • This is your brain on sports [Grantland]
  • Dream action, real brain activiation [Neuroskeptic]
  • People rationalize situations they’re stuck with, but rebel when they think there’s an out [APS]
  • Factors contributing to the development of pathological gambling [RIT]
  • Impulsive Vs. Controlled Men: Disinhibited Brains and Disinhibited Behavior [Elsevier]
  • The ethics of smart drugs [Cambridge]
  • Does inequality make us unhappy? [The Frontal Cortex]