How many seconds have passed since I just said the words Excuse me..? An interest in the more unusual aspects of psychology has continued throughout my career. I am not the first academic to be fascinated by this approach to examining behaviour. Each generation of scientists has produced a small number of researchers who have investigated the strange and unusual. Maverick Victorian scientist, Sir Francis Galton, might be considered the founding father of the approach, and devoted much of his life to the study of offbeat topics. He hypothesized that if prayer really worked, then members of the clergy — who clearly prayed longer and harder than most – should have a longer life expectancy than others. His extensive analyses of hundreds of entries in biographical dictionaries revealed that the clergy actually tended to die before lawyers and doctors, thus forcing the deeply religious Galton to question the power of prayer. Put simply, quirkology uses scientific methods to study the more curious aspects of everyday life. This approach to psychology has been pioneered by a small number of researchers over the past hundred years, but has never been formally recognized within the social sciences. For the past twenty years, I have carried out similarly strange investigations into human behaviour.
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Cancel anytime. For over 20 years, psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology , he navigates the backwaters of human behavior, discovering the telltale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed dating and personal ads, and what a person’s sense of humour reveals about the innermost workings of their mind – all 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.
In Quirkology, he navigates the backwaters of human behavior, discovering the telltale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed dating and.
Behaving as if you have really flipped for someone can make you fall in love, according to latest research. Richard Wiseman, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, tested the theory by holding a speed dating night in which some of the prospective partners acted as if they were already in love with each other. Then at the end they were questioned as to how many people they met they felt close to and how many they would like to see again.
Under the normal speed dating behaviour, around 20 percent of volunteers indicated that they wanted to see one another again, but playing the psychological games more than doubled the success rate to 45 per cent, the Telegraph reports. On a scale of one to seven of closeness, those role playing were a full point closer than those who did not.
Around volunteers took part in the experiment in Edinburgh. The singletons were paired up and invited to play various psychological games.
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Richard Wiseman, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, tested the theory by holding a speed dating night in which some volunteers acted as if they were already in love with each other. In the end, they were questioned who would they like to see again, out of the people they had met. On a scale of one to seven of closeness, those play acting were a point closer than those who did not.
An amusing look at some of the stranger science, where scientists study things that are, well, quirky. Does country music have a high correlation with suicide? How fast do people walk in different I find this one slightly less well-done than the others, but only slightly. Labirint Ozon. Richard Wiseman.
There are manuals for self-control, motivation, happiness and overcoming grief. But what about dating and relationships? Should you follow The Rules and play hard-to-get? Can body language be the secret to successful speed-dating?
It is useful to have a look at the results of the world’s first large-scale, speed-dating experiment. It was run by Professor Richard Wiseman at the Edinburgh.
Shortly after his encounter with Sophie, a bright, successful management consultant, the author describes collecting hundreds of behavioral research studies on the subject of increasing happiness. He shows that he is not afraid to get his own hands dirty and is as capable of conducting his own research as he is shining light on the work of others. As the title suggests, this is a self-help book, the aim of which is to equip readers with simple and effective techniques for making significant changes in their lives.
One by one, Wiseman dispels common myths about how to achieve happiness, the mysteries of attraction and relationships, effective parenting and other key aspects of the human condition. Material is broken down into ten chapters along with an introduction and a conclusion. Through the judicious use of humor and wit, each chapter ends with a second blueprint for navigating the minefield of life. The book encapsulates hundreds of scientific behavioral studies, often with counterintuitive results.
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Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, recruited visitors to the Edinburgh International Science Festival to take part in speed dates.
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By Richard Alleyne. Researchers found that behaving as if you find someone attractive increases your susceptibility to their charms. The findings are the latest in a new line of thinking that suggests that behaviour can lead to emotions as much as the other way around. The “positive action” technique could be used to not only accelerate feelings in new relationships but also rejuvenate them in older, existing ones.
The psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman tested the theory by holding a speed dating night in which some of the perspective partners role played that they were already in love with each other. Instead of the usual uncomfortable conversation, they were encouraged to gaze into each other’s eyes, to touch hands and to whisper secrets.
Roused by James’s astonishing discovery, renowned psychologist and bestselling author Richard Wiseman confirms James’s principle and.
Audible Premium Plus. Cancel anytime. Professor Richard Wiseman is clear about one thing: paranormal phenomena don’t exist. But in the same way that the science of space travel transforms our everyday lives, so research into telepathy, fortune-telling and out of body experiences produces remarkable insights into our brains, behaviour and beliefs. By: Richard Wiseman. On the contrary, it is our actions that guide our emotions laugh and you will feel happy.
This led James to a remarkable conclusion: “If you want a quality, act as if you already have it. Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. In the mids, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer HGT , or the movement of genes across species lines.