A Regime Shift: Neuroplasticity and The Global Optimization Unwind

Jordi Visser

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Below is an excerpt from President and CIO Jordi Visser's whitepaper titled, A Regime Shift: Neuroplasticity and The Global Optimization Unwind. You can access a full copy of the document by clicking here.

“Neuroscience has confirmed that your brain changes throughout your life, a concept known as neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is an umbrella term for a sequence of processes taking place in your brain over time in response to incoming stimuli. Your experiences, behaviors, thoughts, and emotions physically change the form and function of your brain. In other words, your life shapes your brain.”

-Debbie Hampton

“Neuroplasticity is the property of the brain that enables it to change its own structure and functioning in response to activity and mental experience.”

-Norman Doidge author of The Brain that Changes Itself

William James is considered by many to be the Father of American Psychology. He wrote a book titled The Principles of Psychology and one of the most important elements of it was the theory of brain plasticity. Simply put, neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change. A great example of this can be seen in the extreme case of Jill Bolte Taylor who spoke in one of the most watched TED Talks of all time. Within the talk she spoke about how neuroplasticity could help to increase your own intelligence. The quotes above on neuroplasticity made me think about how I could express my current views given what has occurred in the market over the last few weeks and how I perceive the implications for the rest of the year. We have seen a violent adjustment in volatility. As I wrote in my 2018 Outlook paper in early January, I thought something like this was possible in this year but I did not expect it to happen so fast and most importantly in such an extreme manner. Now that it has happened the question most people are asking is, is it over and are we going back to the quiet environment we saw in 2017? This is where neuroplasticity enters my thoughts in this paper.

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