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.
With thousands of research subjects from all over the world, including enamoured couples, unwitting pedestrians, and guileless dinner guests, Wiseman presents a fun, clever, and unexpected picture of the human mind.
©2007 Richard Wiseman (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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Very engaging and as the title suggests, very quirky!
The last chapter on the top 10 quirks globally!
Great voice, clarity and engaging style.
A great book to dip in and out of, full of interesting and well explained facts. I am now fully equipped to go to dinner parties and share my fascinating knowledge. (Now all I need is to be invited to a dinner party. Someone write a book to help me with this please.)
"Just enough to keep you listening..."
I don't remember feeling there was much new stuff there, in terms of the conclusions drawn from various experiments and anecdotes.
I also felt that the jump to stating things as facts was too often made without enough proof, leaving me questioning the validity of those statements.
"Very interesting book"
I loved it! it touches really good topics and with all the research done... It just so random but cool at the same time
I definitely recommend this if you like knowing facts and how they get to that conclusion
Would definitely recommend to all humans and anyone who has interacted with humans.
Lots to liven up pants dinner parties with.
"A real eye opener to the way our mind works"
Yes, so much interesting stuff in the book that a 2nd or 3rd pass will be needed and probably a few listens in the future
Interesting how our mind filters stuff
All in all very good BUT, whilst I thought the narration was OK, the narrator should of held off trying to put accents on to reflect the research works country of origin.
"we get the point.."
quirky initially, soon becomes tired. I had a few shots at finishing but had to end two-thirds through; good for a booklet - doesn't bear stretching to become a 'book'.
"What a great and entertaining listen!"
Thoroughly enjoyable listen, highly interesting and quirky facts abound in this book, occasionally causing me to grin in humour at the state of the human being. I highly recommend this Audiobook as narration is done in a very easy manner and is easy on the ear. The facts and stories are put together greatly and will surely surprise you.
"patronising and uninformative"
Really superficial and never went into detail. Only got half way through. I don't know if it was the reader or the story but the author seemed more interested in proving how smart he was rather than trying to explain why people are quirky. Oddly in a book about people being manipulated it seemed very interested in manipulating science to prove distinct points. Great concept terribly executed.
"Not of interest"
I didn't like tales of rats having their heads cut off or puppies being electrocuted. Cruelty. Also some of the studies are describing association as causation, which is not the same. Rather than calling this quirkology, I'd call it random, and a demonstration of how to waste life and resources conducting these tests.
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