Quirkology How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things

ISBN-10: 0465010237
ISBN-13: 9780465010233
Edition: N/A
Authors: Richard Wiseman
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Publication date: 9/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

For over twenty years, psychologist Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the oddities of human behavior, explaining the tell-tale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed-dating and personal ads, and what a person's sense of humor reveals about the innermost workings of his or her mindall along paying tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work. Wiseman's research has involved secretly observing people as they go about their daily business, conducting unusual experiments in art exhibitions and music concerts, and even staging fake seances in allegedly haunted buildings. With thousands of research subjects from all over the world, including enamored couples, unwitting pedestrians, and guileless dinner guests, Wiseman presents a fun, clever, and unexpected picture of the human mind.

List of Figures
Prologue: The Mysterious Q-Test
Introduction: Exploring the Backwaters of the Human Brain
What Does Your Date of Birth Really Say About You?: The New Science of Chronopsychology
Trust Everyone, but Always Cut the Cards: The Psychology of Lying and Deception
Believing Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Psychology Enters the Twilight Zone
Making Your Mind Up: The Strange Science of Decision Making
The Scientific Search for the World's Funniest Joke: Explorations into the Psychology of Humor
Sinner or Saint?: The Psychology of When We Help and When We Hinder
The Pace of Life and Other Quirkological Oddities: The Future of Quirkology
Afterword: How to Pep Up the Dullest of Dinner Parties
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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