Richard Wiseman - Author

About the Author

Richard Wiseman is based at the University of Hertfordshire and holds Britain's only professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology. He has an international reputation for his research into unusual areas, including deception, luck, humour and the paranormal, is frequently quoted by the media, and his research has been featured on over 150 television programmes across the world. He is the author of the international bestseller 59 Seconds.

Featured books by Richard Wiseman

Night School Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

Night School Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Every night you close your eyes, become oblivious to your surroundings and waste hours flying, being chased or watching all your teeth fall out - and then you wake up. What on earth is going on? Based on exciting new peer-reviewed research, mass-participation experiments and the world's largest archive of dream reports, Night School uncovers the truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how you can use those hours of apparently 'dead' time to change your waking life. Along the way you will discover how to learn information while you sleep, the creative potential of a six-minute nap, and what your dreams really mean. Studies show that even a small lack of sleep can have a detrimental effect on health and happiness. It's time to banish nightmares, make the most of the missing third of your days, and get the best night's sleep of your life.

Other books by Richard Wiseman

How to Remember Everything

How to Remember Everything

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'Richard Wiseman is arguably the most interesting experimental psychologist working today' Scientific American Try to remember these letters: R A I O L T A L G. Struggling? Let's rearrange them and try again: A L L I G A T O R. Having a great memory is easy when you know how your mind works. Packed with powerful tricks of the memory trade and the science behind them, psychologist and bestselling writer Professor Richard Wiseman helps you to remember names and faces, birthdays and meetings, telephone numbers and shopping lists, exam answers and pub trivia, and where you left your keys (they are on the small table behind your sofa). Impress your friends, sharpen your mind and change your life with this unforgettable little gem of a book.

101 Wetten, die man garantiert gewinnt

101 Wetten, die man garantiert gewinnt

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2017

Mit "e;101 Wetten, die man garantiert gewinnt"e; knupft der Psychologe und Bestseller-Autor Richard Wiseman an die Erfolge von "e;Quirkology"e;, "e;60 Sekunden"e; und "e;Machen, nicht Denken!"e; an. Das Buch ist durchgehend illustriert, witzig, verbluffend und sehr unterhaltsam - in schoner Geschenkausstattung.Jeder mag Gewinner. Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie konnten jeden mit scheinbar aussichtslosen Wetten herausfordern und sich dabei sicher sein, dass Sie gewinnen werden! Der Psychologe Richard Wiseman zeigt uns unterhaltsam und mit britischem Humor, wie man mit Hilfe von Wissenschaft, Logik und ein wenig Trickserei immer auf der Gewinnerseite steht.Sie lernen: - eine Munze auf dem Rand eines Geldscheins zu balancieren- eine Tasse mit einem Ballon aufzuheben- zwei gestapelte Glaser voneinander zu trennen, ohne sie zu beruhrenu.v.m.Sie benotigen dafur nichts als Ihren eigenen Korper oder gewohnliche Haushaltsgegenstande. Und dahinter steckt keine Zauberei, sondern faszinierende Wissenschaft, die Wiseman gekonnt und verbluffend einfach zu erklaren vermag.

101 Bets You Will Always Win The Science of the Seemingly Impossible

101 Bets You Will Always Win The Science of the Seemingly Impossible

Author: Professor Richard Wiseman Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

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.

SUPERSCHLAF

SUPERSCHLAF

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2015

+++ Glucklich, ausgeglichen und erfrischt erwachen: das Geheimnis des Superschlafs! +++Wie Sie vom schlechten Schlafer zum guten Schlafer - und vom guten Schlafer zum SUPERSCHLAFER werden.* Vertiefen Sie Gelerntes und losen Sie Probleme im Schlaf* Entfesseln Sie die kreative Kraft des Sechs-Minuten-Nickerchens* Entdecken Sie, was Ihre Traume wirklich bedeuten* Verbannen Sie Jetlag, Albtraume und Schnarchen fur immer aus Ihrem LebenDer Bestsellerautor und renommierte Psychologe Richard Wiseman hat selbst erforscht und alles zusammengetragen, was man uber den Schlaf wissen kann und zeigt uns so die Kraft des Superschlafs.Ein Buch, das nicht nur Ihre Nachte, sondern Ihr Leben verandern wird!

Quirkologie

Quirkologie

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2015

Quirkologie ist eine neue Disziplin der Verhaltenspsychologie, die Professor Richard Wiseman seit uber zwanzig Jahren betreibt. Mit wissenschaftlichen Methoden untersucht er die erstaunlichsten Aspekte menschlichen Verhaltens: wie unser Vorname unsere Personlichkeit beeinflusst, warum September-Kinder besser in Sport sind, ob Freitag der 13. tatsachlich eine Gefahr fur unsere Gesundheit darstellt - und welches der lustigste Witz der Welt ist."e;Wiseman hat einen Riecher fur populare Themen und ein bemerkenswertes Geschick, Fragen auf eine Art anzugehen, wie es noch keiner vor ihm getan hat."e; Die Zeit

Rip It Up Forget positive thinking, it's time for positive action

Rip It Up Forget positive thinking, it's time for positive action

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Rip up this book and unleash your hidden potential Most self-help books encourage you to think differently; to think yourself thin, imagine a richer self or to visualize the perfect you. This is difficult, time consuming and often doesn't work. Drawing on a dazzling array of scientific evidence, psychologist Richard Wiseman presents a radical new insight that turns conventional self-help on its head: simple physical actions represent the quickest, easiest and most powerful way to instantly change how you think and feel. So don't just think about changing your life. Do it. *Discover the simple idea that changes everything *Lose weight * Stop smoking * Feel instantly younger

Paranormality The Science of the Supernatural

Paranormality The Science of the Supernatural

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

'People are emotionally drawn to the supernatural. They actively want weird, spooky things to be true . . . Wiseman shows us a higher joy as he deftly skewers the paranormal charlatans, blows away the psychic fog and lets in the clear light of reason.' Richard Dawkins Professor Richard Wiseman is clear about one thing: paranormal phenomena don't exist. But in the same way that the science of space travel transforms our everyday lives, so research into telepathy, fortune-telling and out-of-body experiences produces remarkable insights into our brains, behaviour and beliefs. Paranormality embarks on a wild ghost chase into this new science of the supernatural and is packed with activities that allow you to experience the impossible. So throw away your crystals, ditch your lucky charms and cancel your subscription to Reincarnation Weekly. It is time to discover the real secrets of the paranormal. Learn how to control your dreams -- and leave your body behind Convince complete strangers that you know all about them Unleash the power of your unconscious mind

Quirkology The Curious Science of Everyday Lives

Quirkology The Curious Science of Everyday Lives

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected? You need some Quirkology in your life. While other scientists beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest the general public as well as the scientific community, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread. Comparable to Freakonomics, but British, far more populist, and a lot funnier. Findings include: How does your surname influence your life? What does the way you walk reveal about your personality? Why should women have men write their personal ads? What is the funniest joke in the world?

59 Seconds Think a little, change a lot

59 Seconds Think a little, change a lot

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

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, in 59 Seconds 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

Night School Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

Night School Wake Up to the Power of Sleep

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Every night you close your eyes, become oblivious to your surroundings and waste hours flying, being chased or watching all your teeth fall out - and then you wake up. What on earth is going on? Based on exciting new peer-reviewed research, mass-participation experiments and the world's largest archive of dream reports, Night School uncovers the truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how you can use those hours of apparently 'dead' time to change your waking life. Along the way you will discover how to learn information while you sleep, the creative potential of a six-minute nap, and what your dreams really mean. Studies show that even a small lack of sleep can have a detrimental effect on health and happiness. It's time to banish nightmares, make the most of the missing third of your days, and get the best night's sleep of your life.

Wie Sie in 60 Sekunden Ihr Leben verandern

Wie Sie in 60 Sekunden Ihr Leben verandern

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 06/03/2014

Wissenschaftlich erwiesene Techniken, mit denen Sie Ihr Leben in weniger als einer Minute erfolgreich verandernEs ist viel einfacher, Ihr Leben zu verandern, als Sie dachten und als Ihnen viele Lebensberater weismachen wollen. Neueste Studien haben ergeben, dass es viele Techniken gibt, die hoch effektiv sind, weniger als 60 Sekunden Zeit brauchen und deren Erfolg vor allem wissenschaftlich erwiesen ist.In diesem Buch bringt der Psychologe und Bestsellerautor Richard Wiseman erstmals diese Techniken zusammen und zeigt, wie und warum sie funktionieren. So erklart er unter anderem- wie man um 10 Prozent kreativer wird, nur indem man sich hinlegt;- wie ein Bleistift im Mund unmittelbar das Gluckempfinden stimuliert;- wie alleine ans Fitness-Studio zu denken den Korper in Form bringt;- warum eine leichte Beruhrung am Arm einer fremden Person um 62 Prozent die Chancen erhoht, dass diese Person Sie mag; - wie nur das Verschranken der Arme Ihnen schon hilft, eine schwierige Aufgabe anzupacken.Richard Wiseman zeigt, welche wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse hinter all diesen Techniken und vielen anderen stehen, er entlarvt die Mythen der vielen Lebensberater und zeigt, das der personliche und berufliche Erfolg weniger als eine Minute entfernt sein kann.

Machen - nicht denken!

Machen - nicht denken!

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

Tun Sie es einfach: entfalten Sie jetzt Ihr volles Potential!Abnehmen?Erfolgreicher sein?Freunde finden?Egal, was Sie sich auch vorgenommen haben - eine einfache Idee genugt! Richard Wiseman stellt die ublichen Selbsthilfemethoden auf den Kopf. Basierend auf erstaunlichen wissenschaftlichen Einsichten gibt der bekannte Psychologe und Verhaltensforscher Ihrem Leben tatsachlich eine neue Richtung: einfaches physisches Handeln bewirkt tiefgreifende psychische Veranderungen. Schon auf den ersten Seiten werden Sie Dinge tun, die Sie nie fur moglich gehalten haben. Viele Bucher wollen blo Ihr Denken andern, dieses wird Sie verandern!"e;Es besteht kaum ein Zweifel daran, dass Richard Wiseman der interessanteste und erfindungsreichste Verhaltenspsychologe der Welt ist."e;Michael Shermer, Scientific American"e;Wiseman hat ein bemerkenswertes Geschick, Fragen auf eine Art anzugehen, wie es noch keiner vor ihm getan hat."e; Die Zeit

As If Principle

As If Principle

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 08/01/2013

Victorian philosopher William James had a theory about emotion and behavior: It isnt that our feelings guide our actions (feel happy and you will laugh). On the contrary, it is our actions that guide our emotions (laugh and you will feel happy). This led James to a remarkable conclusion: If you want a quality, act as if you already have it. Roused by Jamess astonishing discovery, renowned psychologist and bestselling author Richard Wiseman confirms Jamess principle and shows how the self-help genre has for too long put the cart before the horse in trying to help us take control of our lives. Bringing to the table a dazzling array of firsthand experiments, surprising histories, and psychological case studies, Wiseman illustrates in brilliant detail how we can apply this principle in our daily lives: Smile to become measurably happier Wash your hands to drive away guilt Clench your fist to increase your willpower Eat with your nondominant hand to lose weight Nod while speaking to become more persuasive Act like a newlywed to rekindle your marriageLively, engaging, and truly mind-changing, The As If Principle is that rare gem that offers real, workable solutions for your day-to-day goals while helping you to instantly take control of your emotions. Whether its quitting a bad habit, persevering through a difficult task, or achieving your dream self, The As If Principle can help. Dont just think about changing your life. Do it.

59 Seconds: Persuasion

59 Seconds: Persuasion

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2011

In 59 Seconds, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman presents a fresh approach to change that helps people achieve their aims and ambitions in minutes, not months. From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, and resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting this new science of rapid change, and describes how these quick and quirky techniques can be incorporated into everyday life. Think a little, change a lot. Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape Learn how pot plants make you more creative Find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you happier 'At last, a self-help guide that is based on proper research. Perfect for busy, curious, smart people' Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem 'A triumph of scientifically proven advice over misleading myths of self-help. Challenging, uplifting and long overdue' Derren Brown

59 Seconds: Motivation

59 Seconds: Motivation

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2011

In 59 Seconds, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman presents a fresh approach to change that helps people achieve their aims and ambitions in minutes, not months. From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, and resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting this new science of rapid change, and describes how these quick and quirky techniques can be incorporated into everyday life. Think a little, change a lot. Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape Learn how pot plants make you more creative Find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you happier 'At last, a self-help guide that is based on proper research. Perfect for busy, curious, smart people' Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem 'A triumph of scientifically proven advice over misleading myths of self-help. Challenging, uplifting and long overdue' Derren Brown

59 Seconds: Decision Making

59 Seconds: Decision Making

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2011

In 59 Seconds, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman presents a fresh approach to change that helps people achieve their aims and ambitions in minutes, not months. From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, and resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting this new science of rapid change, and describes how these quick and quirky techniques can be incorporated into everyday life. Think a little, change a lot. Discover why even thinking about going to the gym can help you keep in shape Learn how pot plants make you more creative Find out why putting a pencil between your teeth instantly makes you happier 'At last, a self-help guide that is based on proper research. Perfect for busy, curious, smart people' Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem 'A triumph of scientifically proven advice over misleading myths of self-help. Challenging, uplifting and long overdue' Derren Brown

59 Seconds

59 Seconds

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: eBook Release Date: 29/12/2009

A psychologist and best-selling author gives us a myth-busting response to the self-help movement, with tips and tricks to improve your life that come straight from the scientific community.Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy.From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting the new science of rapid change and, with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, describes how these quirky, sometimes counterintuitive techniques can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life. Or, as he likes to say: Think a little, change a lot.From the Hardcover edition.

The Little Book Of Luck

The Little Book Of Luck

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2004

This little book is a distillation of Richard Wiseman's research into how to lead a luckier life. Featuring much new material - including original 'charm' designs that will help you to stay lucky - as well as an overview of the four principles that make up the luck factor, this is a fun and accessible insight into the scientific principles of good fortune. Small enough to fit in your pocket, its contents are powerful enough to change your life!

Did You Spot The Gorilla?

Did You Spot The Gorilla?

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/2004

In a recent series of ground-breaking psychological experiments, volunteers were shown a 30-second film of some people playing basketball and told to count the number of passes made with the ball. After just a few seconds, a man dressed as a gorilla slowly walked into frame, beat his chest at the camera, and sauntered off. Unbelievably, almost none of the people watching the film noticed the gorilla. Exactly the same psychological mechanisms that cause people to miss the gorilla also make them miss unexpected but vitally important opportunities in their professional and personal lives. This book outlines the scientific evidence and thinking behind this remarkable new phenomenon, and shows you how you can spot gorillas in your life - and what to do when you see one.

The Luck Factor The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind

The Luck Factor The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2004

Why do some people lead happy successful lives whilst other face repeated failure and sadness? Why do some find their perfect partner whilst others stagger from one broken relationship to the next? What enables some people to have successful careers whilst others find themselves trapped in jobs they detest? And can unlucky people do anything to improve their luck - and lives? Ten years ago, Professor Richard Wiseman decided to search for the elusive luck factor by investigating the actual beliefs and experiences of lucky and unlucky people. The results reveal a radical new way of looking at luck. In this book, Wiseman identifies the four simple behavioural techniques that have been scientifically proven to help you attract good fortune. He then shows how you can use these methods to revolutionise every area of your life - including your relationships, personal finances and career.

Deception & Self-Deception

Deception & Self-Deception

Author: Richard Wiseman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/1997

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