“To thrive when it matters most, it is vital to have a set of strategies that help you find and remain inside of your own optimal functioning zone. ZISHI offers the objective data and key insights to get you there.”Dr. Andrew Cooke, Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science, Bangor University
Successful trading requires discipline, resilience and the ability to stay focused, even when the pressure’s on. Recognising the relationship between a calm body, a present mind and successful trading, the ZISHI app offers tailored insights into biometric markers to help traders understand when they’re in an optimal physiological state to trade – versus when they’re not.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is a core metric for users of the App, and one that measures variation in time between successive heart beats over a given time period. The time between beats is sometimes called Inter-beat Intervals (IBIs) or R-R intervals and is usually measured in milliseconds (ms). We will refer to them as R-R intervals. It is very different than Heart Rate (HR) or Beats Per Minute (BPM). HRV looks much closer at the small heart fluctuations that occur in response to everything that happens both inside and outside of the body. By applying the right calculations to these barely perceptible R-R interval changes, we can figure out exactly how we handle things like intense exercise, a big presentation at work, or any other stressful situation. Over time, this knowledge will enable traders to better modify behaviours and rest patterns, or adopt specific techniques to manage and reduce stress states.
Andrew obtained his undergraduate degree from Bangor University in 2007 and his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2010. His research investigates psychophysiological responses to competition / stress, and the psychophysiological response patterns that characterise optimal human performance. He has also conducted neuroscience research designed to train golfers to control their levels of brain activity before executing putts and applied these learnings on the green with some of the world’s leading pro golfers.
Lew was one of the first professors of Sport Psychology in the United Kingdom and is one of a very small number of people to have given keynote and invited addresses at all the major sport psychology conferences internationally. He has over 100 full length research publications and served three Olympic cycles as Chairperson of the British Olympic Association’s Psychology Steering Group (from 1989 to 2000). His central research interest is the psychology of very high level performance, including the effects of stress, mental toughness, motivation, the utility of psychological skills and strategies, transformational leadership, and teamwork. He has been responsible for over £1 million pounds of grant capture and has equal applied experience working across military, business, and sport domains.
Chris started his trading career in 2009 for OSTC and has experience in trading Short Term Interest Rates, Energies and Soft Commodity markets. In 2012, he became a Trading Floor Manager for OSTC Wales working from the Swansea office. Not long after, he headed to Spain in 2013 to become Head of Operations for OSTC Iberia and ran three thriving trading floors in Madrid, Seville and Lisbon. Chris’ role focused on teaching, training and mentoring traders into profitability who were under his remit. Currently, Chris is Co-Head of ZISHI, the central knowledge suite of OSTC. A full digital ecosystem of performance-enhancing tools and technologies.