The Tell: This video will help you see if you’re a great trader

It’s not just analytical skills that make a successful trader — a knack for putting yourself in other traders’ shoes is critical, too.

So says new research from the University of Zurich’s economics department.

The Swiss university’s researchers used a video like the one below as part of a test of how well an individual could predict other people’s behavior and better understand the other side of a trade.

Watch it and then read on for an explanation.

Steve Heinke, Frédéric Schneider (now at Yale) and Andreas Hefti deployed this video from what’s known as the Heider-Simmel experiment, along with a “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test, to measure their study participants’ abilities to intuit an opponent’s behavior or intentions.

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