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Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected?

You need some Quirkology in your life.

While other scientists beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest the general public as well as the scientific community, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread. Comparable to Freakonomics, but British, far more populist, and a lot funnier.

Findings include:

How does your surname influence your life?

What does the way you walk reveal about your personality?

Why should women have men write their personal ads?

What is the funniest joke in the world?

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Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected?

Professor Richard Wiseman uncovers the secret ingredients of charisma, explores how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examines why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread.
Findings include:

· The funniest joke in the world
· How your surname influences your life
· What the way you walk reveals about your personality


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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 1616 KB
  • Número de páginas: 321 páginas
  • Editora: Pan; Edição: Main Market Ed. (4 de março de 2011)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B004QGYF82
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Great writing, amazing trivia and footnotes! 11 de janeiro de 2014
Por Aisling D. - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I bought this out of curiosity. Then, I started reading it. I was awake half the night, reading it. I could not put it down.

The biggest surprise was how useful this book is. I expected fun trivia, and it includes that. However, I didn't expect several "quirks" related to my current work and interests. Even better, the depth of coverage and references (for additional research) make this book really useful.

A lot of books jump from one cool fact to the next. This book not only covers the facts, it supplies supporting (and conflicting) evidence, ties it all together nicely, and goes into considerable depth on each topic.

I'll keep this book on my reference shelf, and buy everything Wiseman writes. The writing is brilliant but accessible, and a perfect mix of academic coverage with the kinds of quirky, wonderful details that make this a page-turner.

Whether you buy "Quirkology" to read for fun, for research, or to give you great trivia for future conversations, this book is a winner.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Similar to Freakonomics, but 1 billion times better! Highly recommended! 14 de fevereiro de 2010
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I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I bought this book, but it turned out to be a lot like the book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) - only Dr. Wiseman's book is much, much better. Wiseman says that: "Put simply, quirkology uses scientific methods to study the more curious aspects of everyday life. This approach to psychology has been pioneered by a few researchers over the past hundred years who have followed in Galton's footsteps and had the courage to explore the places mainstream scientists avoid."

Hopefully the chapters can give you a gist as to what you will find in this book: Chapter 1 - What does your date of birth really say about you?, The New Science of Chronopsychology; Chapter 2 - Trust everyone, but always cut the cards, The Psychology of Lying and Deception; Chapter 3 - Believing six impossible things before breakfast, Psychology Enters the Twilight Zone; Chapter 4 - Making your mind up, The Strange Science of Decision Making; Chapter 5 - The scientific search for the world's funniest joke, Explorations into the Psychology of Humor; Chapter 6 - Sinner or saint?, The Psychology of When We Help and When we Hinder; Chapter 7 - The pace of life and other quirkological oddities, The Future of Quirkology.

In short, this is a terrific book. In many respects it shares a lot in common with not only Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, but also books like Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (Revised & Expanded Edition), The Mind of the Market: How Biology and Psychology Shape Our Economic Lives, Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average and How We Decide. I highly recommend this book and also recommend Wiseman's newest book, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot (Borzoi Books). I would definitely have given this book 5 starts even if it only had included the chapters on Lying and Deception and The Scientific Search for the World's Funniest Joke - the whole book is hilarious, entertaining and above all, informative. This is a truly great read.
4.0 de 5 estrelas Fun read 12 de setembro de 2013
Por Judith - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This is a collection of info about oddball tests and studies conducted by psychologists. Much of the information is very entertaining. It's a "good read." However, does the alleged fact that women who drive vans are the most likely to sneak more than ten items through the express checkout in the supermarket really matter? Time after time, while reading this book, I wondered, why would anybody study this. Its fun fodder for talk around the water cooler, but pretty much meaningless. Also, I think some of the conclusions that were drawn from these studies were giant leaps of speculation. The author is an entertaining writer. This is the second book of his that I have read and enjoyed. However, if you are looking for something serious about psychological research, this isn't it. I do recommend this book. I enjoy Wiseman, and will continue to read his books.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas Great Introduction to Weird Economics 31 de maio de 2011
Por Bradley Bevers - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I liked this book, but not as much as I thought I would. A lot of the material has been given full length treatments now in similar books. For example, if you want to learn more about the affects of birth order, Malcom Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success is a more comprehensive take on it. However, Quirkology does serve as a great introduction to the subject.

I love books that deal with this type of behavioral economics or odd psychological principles, but can't seem to get very many others interested in them. If someone asked me for a recommendation on the subject now, this would be one of the top two I would suggest to them. It's fast paced, packed with information, and can easily lead to more reading. There was definitely some new information here, but not as much as I expected.

Some of things I learned include what drawing a Q on your forehead means about your lying ability, whether people would wear a sweater once owned by a mass murderer, and how to double your panhandling intake with one phrase. There is a ton of information here, and its really great stuff. Well worth your time.
4.0 de 5 estrelas Why you should not discuss movies on a first date 22 de junho de 2016
Por Long term customer - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I enjoy books of this genre and this was no exception. Much of the material here has been written about in other books, nevertheless, this was enough of a twist that I enjoyed it.
Highlights: good tips on writing personal ads and what happened when a "Chinese gentleman" called hotels all over the country for reservations some 70 years ago. The answer might surprise you.
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