Short biography

Richard Wiseman holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology, at the University of Hertfordshire. His research into a range of topics including luck, the psychology of change, deception and persuasion has been published in the world’s leading academic journals, while his psychology-based YouTube videos have received over 200 million views. He is the author of several books that have been translated into over 30 languages, including The Luck FactorQuirkologyRip it Up and the international bestseller 59 Seconds.

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Richard began his working life as a professional magician, and is currently one of only 300 members of The Inner Magic Circle. He is the most followed British psychologist on Twitter, and has created mass participation experiments that have involved over 2 million people.

Richard is an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association, was the 2010 Guest Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, and one Scientific American columnist described him as  ‘….the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today’.  Feature articles about his work have appeared in The Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New Yorker, with recent articles including those in Behavioral EconomicsScientific American Mind and The Observer.

Richard has created more viral videos than anyone else in the UK, and his YouTube channel has over 1 million subscribers and 200 million views.  He has spoken to organisations across the world, including keynote addresses to The Royal Society, The Swiss Economic Forum, Google and Amazon.

Richard was listed in the Independent On Sunday’s top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live, and has acted as a creative consultant to Derren Brown, The MythBusters, and Heston Blumenthal.

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