For over twenty years, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the backwaters of human behavior, discovering the tell-tale signs that give away a liar, the sec...more
A couple of chapters fail completely in my view - pretty much all of the material related to "what your birth date really says...more
I guess I just like quirky things about human behavior. I really enjoyed this book. Worth reading, several times.
What was I thinking? I did read this a second time and although it was interesting, I was disappointed.
The Q test described in the beginning was still fascinating; even though I don’t take it seriously. It’s still fun, and I’m surprised that didn’t make it into his final chapter on quirky dinner conversations.
The chapter on deception was still wort...more
1)Certain people can will themselves to live longer by focusing on a goal with a deadline
2)It is easier to detect liars through the words they uses instead of non-verbal cues
a. Liars tend to provide less details and be vague and they try to...more
I would recommend it if you like quick reads, as it is a compilation of various conducted studies and their results. I used this book frequently when I was designing interiors as I wanted the occupants to feel and behave in specific ways. It is not a book that goes too in depth on the matter, but good for a quick think and insight.
And yet I made it to the end of the book. Because, as the book itself claims, reading it does make for b...more
There are a number of retreads of studies that you'll have come across if you've read any other pop-psychology (Milgram etc.) but it's full of interested factoids you immediately want to tell your friends, and a great way to learn of the methods and fallacies in psychology.
The search for the world's funn...more
Fortunately the introduction's flawed logic isn't a harbinger of what's to come...mostly. Most of the studies that the author himself undertook were...more
--Geoffrey Dean's refutation of the "time twins" hypothesis
--Why people believe in astrology despite its scientific invalidity: The Barnum Effect and the Flattery Effect
--Chronopsychology as a relatively new but obscure academic disciplin...more
The book consists of a synopsis of a number of psychological and sociological studies that looked at unique aspects of...more
It’s essentially a book about psychology that focuses on trends and traits that affect is in our everyday lives.
The book is loosely grouped by subject into six sections, covering topics such as why some people fib about their date of birth, how we identify lies, why we believe in superstitions, what leads us...more
Firstly, despite promising us examples of all kinds of quirkiness from the world of psychology research, I just didn't find it all that quirky. I felt that some examples, such as the theory that the way to tell if a smile is genuine is to look at the eyes, would...more
If Mr Wiseman spent more time researching fresh material and less time jumping to wild, baseless suppositions this might be a better book. How could it not be? One thing that annoyed me is his desperate need to prove how clever he is. Constant references to his kinship and associations with the world's greatest minds and how "Wiseman...more
In seine Lehre von den Abson...more
It's very readible given there is so much information being conveyed, but he never seems to be hardly critical of the results of the studies for example where one study suggests a link between smiling increasing our feeling of happiness and humour, he doesn't really explore other factors that may enhance such emotions, e.g. being happy in the first place or the effect on o...more
Professor Richard Wiseman started his working life as a professional magician, and was one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle. He then obtained a degree in psychology from University College London and a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.
Richard currently holds Britain’s only Professorship in...more