In her entertaining and insightful talks—packed with vivid anecdotes and stories of some of the most seductive imposters in history—Konnikova takes us into the world of the con to analyze not only why we believe in confidence artists, but how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us. Her other keynotes draw on neuroscience and psychology to explore how we can use mindfulness to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers.
No matter her focus, Konnikova makes cutting-edge psychology and curious history both meaningful and relevant (having a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University certainly helps with the credibility—but it’s Konnikova’s sense of what matters, and unique talents, that make her work so widely appealing). Beyond The New Yorker, you can find her writing in Scientific American (she wrote the Literally Psyched column), and publications like The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, and more.
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