Richard Wiseman’s research has been funded by several organisations, including The Leverhulme Trust, The Wellcome Trust, and The Perrott-Warrick Fund at Trinity College Cambridge.  He has published over 50 research papers in leading peer reviewed academic journals (including Nature and Psychological Bulletin), and his work has been cited in over 20 introductory textbooks.

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This research involves working with hundreds of exceptionally lucky and unlucky people to scientifically discover why some people live charmed lives, and developing techniques that help people enhance their own good fortune.  The findings have been published in Richard’s book, The Luck Factor.

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Illusion, deception & lying
Part of this work explores the behavioural signals that are associated with lying, and whether it is possible to train people to become better lie detectors.

Another strand explores the psychology of illusion, focusing on the techniques used by professional magicians.

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Belief and the paranormal
This research involves testing psychics, conducting extra-sensory perception experiments, investigating haunted locations, and examining belief in the paranormal. Richard is well-known for his skeptical stance on the paranormal, and much of this work examines how developing normal explanations for allegedly paranormal phenomena can help us to understand our brains, beliefs and behaviour.

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Richard helped create ‘LaughLab’, a mass participation experiment that was billed as ‘the scientific search for the world’s funniest joke’ and received widespread media attention, including the cover story of The New Yorker magazine.

Richard has also conducted interviews with several well known comedians about their work, including Ken Dodd, Arnold Brown and Armando Iannucci.

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