Maria Konnikova reveals how Sherlock Holmes can teach us to optimize not only our own everyday existence, but our broader contributions to society and the lives of those around us.
Maria Konnikova is the author of 'Mastermind: How to Think Like
Sherlock Holmes', which combines the latest research from the worlds of
psychology and neuroscience with passages from Conan Doyle’s books to
explain how Holmes does what he does.
She also writes the weekly
Literally Psyched column for Scientific American and used to run the
popular psychology blog Artful Choice for Big Think. She studied
psychology, creative writing and government at Harvard, where she was
taught by Stephen Pinker and graduated magna cum laude. She also holds
an MPhil in psychology and an MA in political science from Columbia,
where she is currently studying for a doctorate in psychology.