Rankin vs Wiseman in battle of the minds

Professor Richard Wiseman and bestselling author Ian Rankin will discuss who better understands the human mind, psychologists or crime novelists, in a public lecture.

The free event, which takes place at 7pm today, 21 June 2012, at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, has been organised by the Society’s Scottish Branch and is fully booked.

Dr Elizabeth Hannah, a Chartered Psychologist and Honorary Secretary of the Branch, said: “We are delighted about this event. Richard and Ian are both massively popular with a very loyal following.

“Ian’s Rebus novels provide real insight into the human mind, so it will be interesting to see who the audience feels has the better understanding. As a psychologist I have high hopes for Richard!”

Professor Wiseman researches the psychology of luck, self-help, persuasion, and illusion. His bestselling books have been translated into over 30 languages. He is the most followed psychologist on Twitter, created videos that received over 18 million views, and was named one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live.

Ian Rankin’s first Rebus novel was published in 1987. The Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents. Overall, Ian Rankin has written 33 titles, including a book of short stories, plus presented the TV series, 'Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts'.

A review of the event will appear in the August issue of The Psychologist.