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Trading psychology and Trader Performance

Professor, trader and author Brett Steenbarger, one of the main experts on Trading psychology and Trader Performance (see our interview with him here), just announced he will speak at a Free Interactive Webinar on Trader Performance

  • “During the Webinar, I will summarize and elaborate basic ideas from my book and also introduce new ideas developed and applied since the book’s publication. A unique feature of the session will be a participant Q&A moderated by Steve.” (Steven Buss, a member of the NeoTicker forum)

He recently wrote a great post on My Favorite Techniques for Overcoming Performance Anxiety in Trading, including a wonderful technique (see article to read the full description)

  • “Of late, I’ve been making use of heart rate variability feedback through the Freeze-Framer program, which offers a nice graphical interface to help users track their progress and visually determine whether or not they’re in “the zone”.
  • “Once the trader becomes adept at this, I then add a second component to the exercise: The trader must vividly visualize a mildly anxiety-producing trading situation while hooked up to the biofeedback and maintaining the calm focus. Once the trader can repeatedly visualize this low-anxiety situation and sustain “the zone” on the biofeedback readout, we then move to a second, higher-level anxiety scenario. Often it’s helpful to…”

You can learn more about Enhancing Trader Performance and The Psychology of Trading: Interview with Brett N. Steenbarger. Some key take-aways from our interview:

  • Elite performers in any highly-competitive field follow structured learning and training processes to develop their skills, ensuring continuous feedback and refinement.
  • Traders would benefit to following this example. Tools at their disposal include books, simulation programs, biofeedback programs for emotional management, and coaches.
  • Specific skills to train are brain speed and working memory (for short-term traders), analytical skills (long-term
  • ones). For both, managing emotional-driven impulsive behavior.

Here you have a related post on Best practice for top trading performance: biofeedback, and here a visual example of Emotional self-regulation through biofeedback.

Finally, a reminder that the Freeze-Framer system is now called emWave.

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