Maria Konnikova

psychologist and author


 "The Confidence Game"


In her mesmerizing new book, "The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It. . .Every Time," journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova conducts a compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons over and over again. While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a doze, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again?



About Maria Konnikova 

Maria Konnikova is the author, most recently, of "The Confidence Game." Her first book, "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes," was a New York Times best-seller, a nominee for the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award for Best Non-fiction, and a Goodreads People's Choice Semifinalist for 2013. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, where she writes a regular column with a focus on psychology and culture, and her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Scientific American MIND, and The Smithsonian, among numerous other publications. Maria graduated from Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. She is currently a Schachter Writing Fellow at Columbia Unniversity's Motivation Science Center and lives in New York City.

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