Quirkology

The Curious Science of Everyday Lives

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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?

About Richard Wiseman

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 psychologist most frequently quoted by the British Media and his research has been featured on over 150 programmes. He is regularly heard on Radio 4 and featured articles about his work have appeared throughout the national press.

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Night School
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Rip It Up
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59 Seconds: Decision Making
59 Seconds: Motivation
59 Seconds: Motivation
59 Seconds: Persuasion
59 Seconds: Persuasion

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How to wake up feeling great

How to wake up feeling great

18 August 2015

By Pan Macmillan

Bestselling author Richard Wiseman shares a simple tip which will help you wake up feeling alert and refreshed.

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