Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives

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Getting agreement for small versus big requests. Finally, Wiseman highlights an experiment in which people were asked to display a large sign on their lawn asking people to drive safely. Most refused. Approaching a different set of residents, the researchers asked them first to display a small 3 inch square sign saying the same thing. Most agreed to do it. Then, when the researcher retuned with the bigger sign, they were more likely to agree. As Wiseman says “it is a striking example of how to create cooperation. Get people to agree to the small, and it is much easier to persuade them not to worry about the big.” What is the best way to detect lies? (you are better off listening to the person’s words for specific pointers, than trying to read their body language or tone of voice; lies have less details, less "I" since we psychologically distance ourselves, and less info about how we feel) a b Bain, Robert (19 September 2011). "The illusion and reality of research". research . Retrieved 7 March 2014. In 2013 Richard Wiseman became the first guest curator at Edinburgh's International Science Festival. [6] He participated in the festival with "Richard Wiseman's Beginners Guide to... Climate Change". [16] In 2014 he does a repeat of his 'Beginners Guide to' but this time with 3 different talks: this] is just one of a long line of experiments showing that people can be manipulated into recalling events that simply didn’t happen… once an authority figure suggests that we have experienced an event, most of us find it difficult to deny, and start to fill in the gaps from our imagination.”

Wiseman, R. (2004). Did you spot the gorilla? How to recognise hidden opportunities in your life. London: Random House

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there is] compelling evidence that lying starts to emerge the moment we learn to speak. Perhaps surprisingly, when adults are shown films of their children denying that they peeked at a toy [in an experiment], they are unable to detect whether their darling offspring are lying or telling the truth.” Wiseman, Richard (30 January 2020). "Golden Grolla Award". Richard Wiseman . Retrieved 13 May 2020. My feeling on finishing the book is that it’s definitely more about psychology than science. But for me that made it all the better. Did the author discover the world’s funniest joke? Well I won't spoil it for future readers but I will say there's one or two contenders that did raise a smile. My personal favourite:

Wiseman was born and raised in Luton. He learned his trade as a teenage magician working the crowds in Covent Garden.What is the role of superstition? (provides an illusion of control; we believe in superstitions more during times of uncertainty.)

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