- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pan; New Edit/Cover edition (1 July 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330448110
- ISBN-13: 978-0330448116
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives Paperback – Unabridged, 1 Jul 2009
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'Wiseman's easy-going divertissement recounts numerous curiosities
of modern psycology.' -- Guardian
'entertaining and energetic...packed with vignettes that are
perfect for dinner parties or pub conversations.' -- The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected?
Professor Richard Wiseman uncovers the secret ingredients of charisma, explores how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examines why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread.
· The funniest joke in the world
· How your surname influences your life
· What the way you walk reveals about your personality--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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If you enjoy these kinds of conversations, you will love this book. (It even includes a list of the factoids most likely to prompt discussion). Psychologist Richard Wiseman has conducted a number of studies over the years looking into the ways that people behave and also reports on some other people's experiments. Some of the things that I learned while reading this book were:
- How asking people to trace the letter Q on their forehead is a good predictor of how good a liar they are.
- How our memories can be tricked into creating false memories and why this happens.
- How a waiter can dramatically increase his chances of getting a tip.
- Why you are more likely to be attracted to people when you're in a precarious situation that elevates your heart-rate (so maybe Hollywood storylines aren't so far-fetched after all)
- That words containing the "K" sound are especially likely to make people laugh, because of the way they contort the facial muscles.
The book is written in a lively and entertaining fashion and in parts is very amusing. While it's quite disjointed, it held my interest throughout. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest why people behave the way they do. Our behaviour is more predictable than we think.
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 already be fairly well-known among the type of people who would be interested in this book.
While I appreciate that writing a book about psychological studies that interests the general public may be rather difficult, I also found the book to be incredibly superficial in its handling of its subject matter. Studies were explained very briefly in the most part, followed by sweeping statements about society based on those studies' findings. Usually only one or two studies were used to form these conclusions, which made me wonder whether Richard Wiseman was genuinely justified to do that or whether he was jumping to conclusions at times. There was hardly any critique or analysis of the studies mentioned; there were times when a study was explained in a reasonable-length summary along with its findings, and then followed by one sentence to tell the reader that "however, other researchers have not been able to replicate these findings". Surely it would have been relevant to give the reader some information about these subsequent studies and the reasons why the researchers weren't able to replicate the findings. I also wondered whether the studies quoted actually showed the things he claimed they did. For example, Prof.Read more ›
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Can't really comment as I bought this as a gift for a family member who wanted it.Published 7 months ago by cartman
Witty,clever, informative and surprising at times; I discovered this bookwith pleasure and have recommended it since.Published 8 months ago by M. Granger Yves
Richard Wiseman's Quirkology - packed with off-the-wall facts & studies into the human psyche - is certainly a fun & entertaining read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steve Cann
Like all his books - interesting, written beautifully and full of new information.Published 9 months ago by Ailsa Mackay
Interesting book about life and why things are like that are........psychology stuff for everyone!Published 11 months ago by Andrew John Smetham
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