Research

research

Richard’s academic research has examined an eclectic mix of topics, including luck, the psychology of change, illusion, humour, belief, and the paranormal.  He has published research papers in leading peer reviewed academic journals (including Nature and Psychological Bulletin), and his work is cited in most introductory psychology textbooks.  Richard’s research has been funded by The Leverhulme Trust, The Wellcome Trust, and Trinity College Cambridge.

You can download copies of Richard’s academic papers below and sign-up to take part in his studies here.

Academic books

Wiseman, R. & Watt, C. (2005). Parapsychology. London, UK: Ashgate International Library of Psychology. Series Editor, Prof. David Canter.

Lamont, P. & Wiseman, R. (1999). Magic in Theory: an introduction to the theoretical and psychological elements of conjuring. Hatfield, UK: University of Hertfordshire Press (US edition: Hermetic Press).

Wiseman, R. (1997). Deception and self-deception: Investigating Psychics. Amherst, USA: Prometheus Press.

Milton, J. & Wiseman, R. (1997). Guidelines for Extrasensory Perception Research. Hatfield, UK: University of Hertfordshire Press.

Wiseman, R. & Morris, R. L. (1995). Guidelines for Testing Psychic Claimants. Hatfield, UK: University of Hertfordshire Press (US edition: Amherst, USA: Prometheus Press).

Peer-reviewed publications

Gurney, D. J., Pine, K. J., & Wiseman, R. (2013). The gestural misinformation effect: Skewing eyewitness testimony through gesture. American Journal of Psychology, 126(3), 301-314. DOI: 10.5406/amerjpsyc.126.3.0301 Information about the paper here.

Woods, S., Watt, C., & Wiseman R. (In press). Beyond a joke: Examining the relationship between humor styles and bullying. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research.

Wiseman, R., Watt, C., ten Brinke, L., Porter, S., Couper S-L, et al. (2012) The Eyes Don’t Have It: Lie Detection and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. PLoS ONE7(7): e40259. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040259.  Download here.

Wiseman, R. (2011). How much is that doggy in the window? A brief evaluation of the Jaytee experiments. Unpublished. Download here.

Wiseman R., & Watt C. (2010). ‘Twitter’ as a new research tool: A mass participation test of remote viewing. European Journal of Parapsychology. Download here.

Wiseman, R. (2010). ’Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’: How Parapsychologists Nullify Null Results, Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 34(1), 36-39, January/February. Available here.

Wiseman R., & Watt C. (2010). Judging a book by its cover: The unconscious influence of pupil size on consumer choice. Perception 39(10), 1417–1419. Download here.

Wiseman R. (2009) Darwin Illusion: Evolution in a blink of the eye Perception, 38, 1413-1415. Download here.

Wiseman, R. & Watt, C. (2006). Belief in psychic ability and the misattribution hypothesis: A qualitative review. British Journal of Psychology, 97, 323-338. Download here

Schlitz, M., Wiseman, R., Watt, C., & Radin, D. (2006). Of two minds: Skeptic-proponent collaboration within parapsychology. British Journal of Psychology, 97, 313-322. Download here.

Rogers, P. & Wiseman, R. (2006) Self-perceived high intuitiveness: An initial exploration. Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 25(2), 161-177.

Chotai, J. & Wiseman, R. (2005). Born lucky? The relationship between feeling lucky and month of birth. Personality and Individual Differences, 39, 1451-1460. Download here.

O’Keeffe, C. & Wiseman, R. (2005). Testing alleged mediumship: Methods and results. The British Journal of Psychology, 96(2), 165-179. Download here.

Wiseman R. & Greening, E. (2005). ‘Its still bending’: Verbal suggestion and alleged psychokinetic metal bending. British Journal of Psychology. 96(1), 115-127. Download here.

Wiseman, R. & Watt, C. (2004). Measuring superstitious belief: Why lucky charms matter. Personality and Individual Differences, 37, 1533-1541. Download here.

Wiseman, R., Greening, E., and Smith, M. (2003). Belief in the paranormal and suggestion in the seance room. British Journal of Psychology, 94(3), 285-297. Download here.

Wiseman, R., Watt, C., Stevens, P., Greening, E. & O’Keeffe, C. (2003). An investigation into alleged ‘hauntings’. The British Journal of Psychology, 94, 195-211. Download here.

Bor, D., Duncan, J., Wiseman, R., & Owen, A.M. (2003). Encoding strategies dissociate prefrontal activity from working memory demand. Neuron, 37, 361-367.

Wiseman, R. & Watt, C. (2002). Experimenter differences in cognitive correlates of paranormal belief and psi. Journal of Parapsychology, 66(4), 371-385.

Wiseman, R., Watt, C., Greening, E., Stevens, P. & O’Keeffe, C. (2002). An investigation into the alleged haunting of Hampton Court Palace: Psychological variables and magnetic fields. Journal of Parapsychology, 66(4), 387-408. Download here.

Wiseman, R. & Greening, E. (2002). The mind machine: A mass participation experiment into the possible existence of extrasensory perception. The British Journal of Psychology, 93, 487-499. Download here.

Houran, J., Wiseman, R., and Thalbourne, M. (2002). Perceptual-personality characteristics associated with naturalistic haunt experiences. European Journal of Parapsychology, 17, 17-44.

Wiseman, R. & Smith, M. D. (2002). Assessing the role of cognitive and motivational biases in belief in the paranormal. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 66, 178-186.

Milton, J. & Wiseman, R. (2001). Does psi exist? Reply to Storm and Ertel. Psychological Bulletin, 127(3), 434-438.

Lamont, P. & Wiseman, R. (2001). The rise and fall of the Indian rope trick. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 65, 175-93. Download here.

Smith, M. D., Wiseman, R. & Harris, P. (2000). The relationship between ‘luck’ and psi. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 94, 25-36.

Wiseman, R., Smith, M.D. & Milton, J. (2000). The ‘psychic pet’ phenomenon: A reply to Rupert Sheldrake. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 64 (858), 46-50. Download here.

Milton, J. & Wiseman, R. (1999). Does psi exist? Lack of replication of an anomalous process of information transfer. Psychological Bulletin, 125(4), 387-391. Download here.

Milton, J. & Wiseman, R. (1999). A meta-analysis of mass media ESP testing. British Journal of Psychology, 90, 235-240.

Wiseman, R. & Milton, J. Experiment one of the SAIC remote viewing program: A critical re-evaluation. A reply to May. (1999). Journal of Parapsychology, 63(1), 3-14. Download here.

Wiseman, R. & Milton, J. (1998). Experiment one of the SAIC remote viewing program: A critical re-evaluation. Journal of Parapsychology, 62(4), 297-308. Download here.

Wiseman, R., Smith, M., Milton, J. (1998). Can animals detect when their owners are returning home? An experimental test of the ‘psychic pet’ phenomenon. British Journal of Psychology, 89, 453-462. Download here.

Wiseman, R. & Schlitz, M. (1998). Experimenter effects and the remote detection of staring. Journal of Parapsychology, 61(3), 197-208. Download here.

Smith, M. D., Wiseman, R., Machin, D., Harris, P. & Joiner, R. (1997). Luckiness, competition, and performance on a psi task. Journal of Parapsychology, 61, 33-44.

Wiseman, R., & West, D. (1997). An experimental test of psychic detection. The Police Journal, 70(1), 19-25.

Wiseman, R. (1997). An Experimental Test of ‘Psychic Diagnosis’. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 61(847), 397-398.

Smith, M. D., Wiseman, R., Harris, P. & Joiner, R. (1996). On being lucky: The psychology and parapsychology of luck. European Journal of Parapsychology, 12, 35-43.

Wiseman, R., Smith, M. D., & Kornbrot, D. (1996). Assessing possible sender-to-experimenter acoustic leakage in the PRL autoganzfeld. Journal of Parapsychology. 60, 97-128.

Wiseman, R, & Lamont, P. (1996). Unravelling the Indian rope-trick. Nature, 383, 212-213.

Wiseman, R. (1996). ‘MegaLabUK’: Participatory science and the mass media. Public Understanding of Science, 5 167-169.

Wiseman, R., West, D., & Stemman, R. (1996). An experimental test of psychic detection. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 61(842), 34-45. Download here.

Haraldsson, E. & Wiseman, R. (1996). Two investigations of ostensible macro-PK in India. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 61(843), 109-113.

Wiseman, R. (1995). The MegaLab Truth Test, Nature, 373, 391. Download here.

Wiseman, R. (1995). Testing the notion that a ‘foot shiner’ could have been used during the Delmore experiments. Journal of Parapsychology, 59, 63-65.

Haraldsson, E. & Wiseman, R. (1995). Reactions to and an assessment of a videotape on Sathya Sai Baba. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 60(839), 203-213.

Wiseman, R. & Haraldsson, E. (1995). Investigating macro-PK in India: Swami Premananda. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 60 (839), 193-202.

Wiseman, R. & Morris, R.L. (1995). Recalling pseudo-psychic demonstrations. British Journal of Psychology, 86, 113-125. Download here.

Wiseman, R., & Morris, R.L. (1994). Modelling the stratagems of psychic fraud. European Journal of Parapsychology, 10, 31-44.

Wiseman, R., Harris, P. & Middleton, W. (1994). Luckiness and psi: An initial study. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 60 (836), 1-15.

Wiseman, R. (1993). Barrington and Palladino: Ten major errors. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 59 (830), 16-34.

Wiseman, R. (1993). Fontana and Palladino: Nine major errors. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 59 (830), 35-47.

Wiseman, R. (1993). Martinez-Taboas, Francia and Palladino: Nine major errors. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 59 (831), 130-140.

Wiseman, R. (1993). The Feilding Report: All things considered. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 59 (832), 210-217.

Wiseman, R. (1992). The Feilding Report: A reconsideration. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 58 (826), 129-152.

Wiseman, R., Beloff, J., & Morris, R. L. (1992). Testing the ESP claims of SORRAT. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 58 (829), 363-377.