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Summary

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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Fascinating

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.)

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new stuff I didn't know

if you are a learning junkie then you will enjoy this book as much as I did . about half the research included was subject I am already aware of , the other half was not .

this also helps to dispel a few urban myth such as the effectiveness of subliminal images

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Fascinating!

Does what it says on the can. I will be getting another Richard Wiseman audio book for sure as such a wonderful easy yet intriguing and thought provoking and informative book - you can almost feel your brain growing :-D

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Utterly brilliant!

Where does Quirkology rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very engaging and as the title suggests, very quirky!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quirkology?

The last chapter on the top 10 quirks globally!

What does Peter Noble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great voice, clarity and engaging style.

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Interesting read, great performance

Good read, would recommend to anyone with an interest in social science. doesn't bog you down with numbers and presents information succinctly.

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Compulsive Listening

This is for anyone who is interested why we behave and act as what we do. I could not stop listening to it.

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well read and so many interesting experiments

loved it, lots of fascinating new ways to look at out everyday lives and more

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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.

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Long and drawn out.

Some interesting facts. Rather long and drawn out. Limited content . Could be significantly condensed. Light heart. Worth a casual listen only.

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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

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  • Liz
  • 13-06-18

Loved it!

Witty, entertaining and filled full of must-share facts.

I've read fairly widely in this area of psychology - this book is particularly well done. Great narration and fascinating information makes it a must read

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  • 12-08-20

Enjoy the statistical of quirks

I found the experiments interesting as well as the outcomes. It was interesting to see people and their strange behaviours.