Psy-Q : You know your IQ - now test your psychological intelligence

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Psychology is everywhere. Our emotions and desires, the decisions we make on a daily basis - absolutely every aspect of the way we think and feel has been studied by psychologists. Through dozens of interactive puzzles, IQ tests, quizzes, jokes, puns and visual illusions, Ben Ambridge guides us through this wealth of research, showing us how we can better understand ourselves.

Debunking tabloid speculation, revisiting old favourites like the Stanford Prison Experiment and unearthing bleeding edge research unknown to the general reader, renowned psychologist Ben Ambridge blows away the received wisdom to reveal to enthusiasts and novices alike the psychology behind our daily lives.

With wit and humour aplenty, he explains whether your blue eyes make you more or less trustworthy, how analogies can help cure cancer, whether Rorschach's famous inkblot tests really work, what your love for heavy metal (or Mozart) says about you, how psychology could help solve the obesity crisis and countless other revealing, entertaining and downright astonishing tests of your Psy-Q.

Visit Ben's accompanying website,, and test yourself - and your friends.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 25mm | 424g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1781252106
  • 9781781252109
  • 273,981

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A cornucopia of brain-teasers and other (psycho)logical delights that will challenge, surprise and amuse Guy Deutscher, author of 'Through the Language Glass'
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A cornucopia of brain-teasers and other (psycho)logical delights that will challenge, surprise and amuse -- Guy Deutscher, author of 'Through the Language Glass' A book that manages to be both broad and deep, serious but lots of fun. Recommended -- Tim Harford, author of 'The Undercover Economist' A clear and engaging explanation of many psychological phenomena you've vaguely heard of, and many more you'll be glad to learn about -- Steven Pinker Behind the breeziness, what he turns out to be doing for psychology is rather like what Freak-onomics did a few years ago for the dismal science - blowing the cobwebs off the reputation of a discipline that in many people's minds is stuck in a murky past... Attentive readers may end up not just understanding the rudiments of his science, but also knowing their own psychological limitations better. Clever, broad-minded and fun -- Vanora Bennett * Sunday Times * For all its easy-peasy, playful, tick-in-the-box larkiness, Psy-Q makes some very interesting points about the counter-intuitive nature of human psychology, and has a fresh and often iconoclastic take on even the most celebrated experiments -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday * A readable, accessible and un-putdownable book that I managed to devour in an entire afternoon * The Bookbag *
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About Ben Ambridge

Ben Ambridge is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool. His article 'Why Can't We Talk to the Animals?' was shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian-Wellcome Science Writing Prize. Psy-Q is his first book for a general audience.
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