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Did You Spot the Gorilla?: How to Recognise the Hidden Opportunities in Your Life

Did You Spot the Gorilla?: How to Recognise the Hidden Opportunities in Your Life

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By (author) Professor Richard Wiseman

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 12mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 20 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099466430
  • ISBN 13: 9780099466437
  • Illustrations note: 15line drawings
  • Sales rank: 78,516

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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.

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Professor Richard Wiseman has a first-class honours degree in Psychology from University College London, a doctorate from Edinburgh University, and was awarded the prestigious Perrott-Warrick Scholarship from Trinity College Cambridge. He now heads a research unit based within the Psychology Department at the University of Herefordshire. Professor Wiseman's work is frequently featured in the national press, and he has appeared many times on Horizon, Equinox and World in Action, and co-presented BBC1's Out of this World with Carol Vorderman. He has also made regular appearances on BBC1's Tomorrow's World, on which he has carried out several large-scale experiments involving thousands of people.

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This fascinating and original self-help/business book from the author of The Luck Factor reveals a new way of creating opportunities at work and shows how not to ignore what is right in front of you. 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 the 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 caused people to miss the gorilla also cause them to miss unexpected but 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.