Wiseman, Professor Richard
Art and Mind, Humour
Wiseman started his working life as an award-winning professional
magician, and was one of the youngest members of The Magic
Circle. He then obtained a first class honours degree in Psychology
from University College London and a doctorate in psychology
from the University of Edinburgh.
For the past
twelve years he has been the head of a research unit at the
University of Hertfordshire, and in 2002 was awarded Britain's
first Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology.
has established an international reputation for his research
into unusual areas of psychology, including deception, luck
and the paranormal.
He has published
over 40 papers in refereed academic journals, including articles
in one of the world?s most respected science publications,
He has also
given invited addresses to several learned bodies in Britain
and abroad, including The Royal Society, The Royal Society
for the Arts and The Royal Institution.
research has been featured on over 150 television programmes,
including ?Horizon? (BBC2), ?Equinox? (Channel 4) and ?World
In Action? (ITV). He is regularly heard on Radio 4, including
appearances on ?Start The Week?, ?Midweek? and ?The Today
about his work have regularly appeared in The Times, The Daily
Telegraph and The Guardian, and a recent poll revealed that
he was the psychologist most frequently quoted in the British
In early 2003,
Prof Wiseman wrote The Luck Factor - a comprehensive account
of his ten-year research project into the nature of luck.
This book has now been published into 14 languages and published
in over 25 countries.
His work has
been supported by grants from several prestigious organisations,
including The Perrott Warrick Fund (Trinity College Cambridge),
The Leverhulme Trust, The Wellcome Trust, and The National
Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).
was the recipient of The CSICOP Public Education In Science
Award in 2000 and the Joseph Lister Award For Social Science
In 2004 he
was awarded a NESTA DreamTime Fellowship for his innovative
work in science communication, and in 2005 served as President
of the General Section of The British Association for the
Advancement of Science.