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Maria Konnikova

“A delightful tour of the science of memory, creativity, and reasoning, illustrated with the help of history’s most famous reasoner, Sherlock Holmes himself. Maria Konnikova is an engaging and insightful guide to this fascinating material, which will help you master your own mind.”
—Steven Pinker

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Born in Moscow, Maria Konnikova came to the United States when she was four years old. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where she studied Psychology, Creative Writing, and Government. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.

Maria writes about human behavior, science, and psychology, most notably for her weekly New Yorker blog.

In her best seller, Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes, she offers advice for improving methods of deduction and mindfulness, showing readers how to apply his techniques in everyday situations and, has been translated into 16 languages. Her new book The Confidence Game studies the art of persuasion—and deception. In all her work, she explores motivation, performance, and the brain with uncommon clarity.

Konnikova previously worked as a producer for the Charlie Rose Show, and wrote the weekly “Literally Psyched” column for Scientific American as well as the “Artful Choice” blog for Big Think. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American MIND, and Scientific American, among others.

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  • 2016

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