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Optimizing Brain Performance for Cognitive Athletes

Jun 24, 2019 | Blog, Podcast, Science

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Episode Guest

Steve Ward

Steve is one of the world’s top trader performance coaches with over 14 years experience of working with traders, fund managers and high performers in the banking industry at banks, hedge funds, investment firms, commodities trading companies and proprietary trading groups across the globe.

Prior to his work in trading, investing and banking he worked with elite athletes and teams in over 30 sports as a performance psychology coach, and he has also worked as a performance coach to professional poker players.

His unique approach incorporates a powerful blend of approaches drawing on performance psychology, decision science, neuroscience, stress physiology, mindfulness-based strategies, elite performance principles and high performance coaching.

He is the author of ‘High Performance Trading’, ‘TraderMind’ and ‘Sports Betting To Win’.

Website(s): performanceedgeconsulting.co.uk

In This Episode

0:50 Steve’s background as a cognitive performance consultant

3:00 How Steve got into the trading and investing field

6:00 Similarities between elite athletes and traders

9:00 The framework: psychology, physiology and behavior

9:30 The importance of physiology: mental performance is a whole brain-body process

13:35 The role of HRV as an accurate marker of physiology

18:00 The importance of sleep quality and quantity

20:40 The importance of physical energy to drive mental capacity

24:45 Hundreds of small decisions compound over time during the day

31:15 Outlier bias: “I’m doing great, these principles don’t apply”

38:15 Differences between novice traders and advanced traders

42:05 Steve’s studies of cognitive athlete performance and HRV

49:40 Wrap up, where to find Steve

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