Richard Wiseman


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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 the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he has gained an international reputation for research into psychology of luck, self-help, persuasion, and illusion. He has published over 50 papers in leading peer reviewed academic journals (including Nature and Psychological Bulletin), and his work has been cited in
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Shoot For The Moon!

[image error]My latest book, Shoot For The Moon, has just been published, and presents a radically new look at the science of success.


In July 1969, Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, one of humanity’s greatest achievements. A few years ago I was chatting to comedian and space enthusiast Helen Keen about the Apollo landings. I knew that the technology used during the missions...

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“Happiness doesn't just flow from success; it actually causes it.”
Richard Wiseman, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
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“Buy Experiences Not Goods. Want to buy happiness? Then spend your hard-earned cash on experiences. Go out for a meal. Go to a concert, cinema or theatre. Go on holiday. Go and learn how to pole dance. Go paintballing. Go bungee jumping. In fact, get involved in anything that provides an opportunity to do things with others, and then tell even more people about it afterwards. When it comes to happiness, remember that it is experiences that represent really good value for money.”
Richard Wiseman, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot

“materialism takes root in early childhood, and is driven mainly by low self-esteem.”
Richard Wiseman, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot



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