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How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes

By Maria Konnikova
18-minute read
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

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.

  • Anyone curious about the method behind Sherlock Holmes’s way of thinking
  • Anyone wanting to learn the basics about how people think, what influences thought processes, and the pitfalls involved in decision making
  • Anyone interested in learning how to cultivate rational, reflective and mindful thinking habits

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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