Richard Wiseman is Britain's only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology and has an international reputation for his research into unusual areas, including deception, luck, humour and the paranormal. He is the author of the international bestseller 59 Seconds, is frequently quoted by the media and his research has been featured on over 150 television programmes across the world.
What would you do if someone bet you they could balance a coin on the edge of a banknote, walk through a postcard, or make you move your limbs through the power of suggestion? Would you take that bet? From Richard Wiseman, the creator of the 350-million-view YouTube phenomenon, Quirkology, comes a thrilling mix of lateral thinking, magic tricks and scintillating science stunts which is sure to appeal to curious minds everywhere.
Professor Wiseman has a genius for presenting science. Without losing authenticity he is immensely readable, often very funny and a genius at debunking and revealing fraud and bad science. His latest book deals with the Paranormal and by investigating why we believe in such wonders as spirits, table-rapping and communication with the dead he manages to debunk the whole caboodle. But our weird beliefs have some value, paranormal research has revealed much about our brain function, why we can see ghosts that are not there or be tricked by magicians and mediums. Perhaps the sub-title should have read Discover the inadequacies of the human brain!Like for Like ReadingQuirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives, Richard WisemanBad Science, Ben Goldacre
A 2014 World Book Night selection. Most people would like to be more creative, more persuasive and more attractive. For years, gurus and 'life coaches' have urged people to improve their lives by changing the way they think and behave, but scientific research has revealed that many of their techniques, from group brainstorming to visualization, are ineffective. Fortunately, psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast-acting, myth-busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems. From job-hunting to relationships, and from parenting to self-esteem, personal and professional success may be less than a minute away ...Find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you feel happier. Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape. Learn how putting just one thing in your wallet will improve the chance of it being returned if lost.