Tuesday, July 17, 2012

1000 + 1 Voices- White Noise & ADHD.

So an interesting thing happened to me the week before last. The heat sink on my computers' motherboard fan had dried, inefficient paste on it (used to carry heat from the board to the fan...or something like that. Complete computer novice here!)...this meant that the fan was going full blast and was quite a nuisance.

Add to that the fact that it's 38C here in Italy and, therefore, I also have another fan running to cool me down and you can imagine what I had to put up with.

That was also my second best week of trading... ever.

Perplexed by this outcome, I started digging around for reasons why the noise of a fan may actually have helped me in my trading endeavors. The result was shocking.


The above link is the simplest definition of White Noise that I could find. Coupled with the section entitled "applications" in this link, it's not too difficult to see that the potential benefits of using this type of therapy, perhaps by using a site like simplynoise- or just by leaving a fan on- could be far reaching and extremely beneficial.

Incidentally, ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is reportedly able to be controlled/reduced by the use of white noise.

The fact that white noise eliminates distraction by making the intruding noise (or voice-in-your-head) part of an indiscernible whole, makes this a brilliant tool for a trader fighting to get out of his/her own way and trade without that negative self-talk that often plagues us.


Michael said...

Very interesting, I'll have to try using a little white noise here.


James Edwards-Marche said...

You're welcome :)

I have to say that, personally, I didn't get the same benefit from the sites as I'm getting from the actual sound of a real fan...but it seems to work for some people.

It now makes perfect sense why I'd want to put a radio on in the other room...it was so low I could hardly make out what songs were on air, but it seemed to relax me. Another example of a crude form of white noise.