Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things

Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things

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By (author) Professor Richard Wiseman

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  • Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 25mm | 320g
  • Publication date: 29 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0465010237
  • ISBN 13: 9780465010233
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, figures
  • Sales rank: 130,019

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For over twenty years, psychologist Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the oddities of human behavior, explaining the tell-tale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed-dating and personal ads, and what a persons sense of humor reveals about the innermost workings of his or her mind-all along paying tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work. Wisemans research has involved secretly observing people as they go about their daily business, conducting unusual experiments in art exhibitions and music concerts, and even staging fake sances in allegedly haunted buildings. With thousands of research subjects from all over the world, including enamored couples, unwitting pedestrians, and guileless dinner guests, Wiseman presents a fun, clever, and unexpected picture of the human mind.

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Richard Wiseman, Ph.D., is Professor of Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is also a practicing magician and was one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle. Wiseman has published over forty papers in academic journals, and gained an international reputation for research into unusual areas of psychology, including deception, luck, and the paranormal. He is the author of eight books, including "The Luck Factor," which has been sold in twenty-five countries. He lives in London, England.