University of Hertfordshire

Professor Richard Wiseman



Research interests

I am interested in several areas of applied social psychology, including the psychology of self-help, luck, deception, magic, humour and paranormal belief.

Teaching specialisms

The psychology of performance, magic and public engagement.

Commercial and public engagement

I have written four books for the general public and these have been translated into over 30 languages.  I have also presented keynote addresses at several organisations, including Microsoft, The Royal Society, Caltech, and Google.

I have created viral videos that have received over 40 million views, over 2 million people have taken part in my mass participation experiments and I have acted as a creative consultant to Derren Brown, The MythBusters, CBS’s The Mentalist, and Heston Blumenthal, Nick Cave, and the West End play ‘Ghost Stories’.

I was recently listed in the Independent On Sunday’s top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live.