Mastermind explores Sherlock Holmes’s unique approach of observation, imagination and deduction, and illustrates how anyone can harness his method to improve their thinking and decision-making skills. To this end, the book presents a variety of simple strategies, drawing on scientific research in psychology and neuroscience, and numerous examples from the original Sherlock Holmes stories.
Maria Konnikova is a Russian-American writer and journalist with a background in psychology, creative writing and government. Her contributions have appeared in numerous publications, such as the New Yorker, Scientific American, the New York Times and others.
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