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Luck, ESP & Magic: How a Scientist Tests the Unusual

Richard Wiseman

This will be one of the most enlightening and entertaining events of the season. Dr. Wiseman has established an international reputation for research into the scientific examination of unusual areas within psychology. This work has been reported in over 40 academic journal articles, including Nature, Science and Psychological Bulletin. In addition, he has co-authored 6 books and presented over 50 papers at both national and international conferences. His lecture will cover his many interests, including: the Luck Project, lying and lie detection, the psychology of magic, eyewitness testimony, the psychology of the paranormal, ghosts and hauntings, and experimenter bias in ESP research. Dr. Wiseman heads the psychology lab at the University of Hertfordshire, but he started his working life as an award-winning professional magician so he may just dazzle the audience with a little magic when he discusses his latest book: Magic in Theory: An Introduction to the Theoretical and Psychological Elements of Conjuring.

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