Research and Inspirations (part 1 – books and websites)
If you are interested in topics related to mentalism, psychological influence, deception detection, magic, suggestion, or other ways that our minds can be ‘hacked,’ we recommend the following resources:
- We highly recommend the book Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions, by Stephen L. Macknik & Susana Martinez-Conde. This is an easy and fun read that can really open your eyes to the fact that our brains can fool-us in fun, entertaining, and sometimes scary ways. You can read more at the authors’ website.
- Dr. Robert Cialdini’s book, Influence: Science and Practice, contains a wealth of great information to get anyone started in their journey to understanding the ways that humans are wired to respond in very specific ways. His references are also a great resource for additional study. He also has a decent amount of free information available at his Influence at Work website.
- Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, by Pamela Meyer is another easy-to-read, yet highly impactful book. As the name implies, it focuses on how the reader can become better at detecting deception. The author’s website is LieSpotting.com.
- More more information and current news in the world of human lie detection, be sure to check out the “Eyes for Lies” blog. The author is a tested and proven natural lie detector.
- Ever wonder how an FBI agent assesses body language? Now you can know! Ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro’s book, What every BODY is saying: an ex-FBI agent’s guide to speed reading people is both easy to read and insightful. The author’s website is at JNForensics.com.
- For more information on body language reading, check out The Definitive Book of Body Language, by Allan and Barbara Pease. This book excels in the diagrams and other visual aids. The authors’ website can be found here.
- Dr. Paul Ekman is behind most of the foundational research in facial expression reading. He is the author of several recommended books, including Telling Lies; Emotions Revealed; and Unmasking the Face: a guide to recognizing emotions from facial clues. Drk Ekman’s website is at PaulEkman.com.
- Hacking the Human, by Ian Mann is a thorough reference on how influence, deception, and other means can be used to exploit human behavior. More information is available at the author’s website.
- Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking, by Christopher Hadnagy is another great resource covering many aspects of influence, deception and other means as ways of exploiting human behavior. More information is available at the author’s website.