Learn the art of critical thinking, psychology, and strategic decision-making with Maria Konnikova, speaker, author, journalist, psychologist, and professional poker player.
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The Confidence Game
Con men are artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. They hold a deep, enigmatic fascination for us. But how do they do it? Whether it's a suspicious-looking email or a multimillion-dollar global swindle, Maria Konnikova keynote investigates the psychological principles that underlie each stage of the confidence game and the profile of both the con artist and his mark.
Learn how grifters can be so persuasive, even to those of us who consider ourselves immune, and how we can train ourselves to discern the signs of a story that isn't quite what it seems.
Insightful and entertaining, telling fascinating stories about some of the most seductive imposters in history, Maria's Confidence Game keynote takes us into the world of the con to examine not only why we believe in confidence artists but how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.
Maria Konnikova | Speaker Biography
Maria is a multi-talented individual with a diverse range of accomplishments. Not only is she a New York Times bestselling author, but she is also a journalist, psychologist, and professional poker player. Her debut book, "The Confidence Game," not only achieved commercial success but also received the prestigious 2016 Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical Thinking. Following this success, Maria's subsequent work, "Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes," garnered widespread critical acclaim.
However, it is Maria's most recent book, "The Biggest Bluff," that truly stands out. While researching for this book, Maria delved into the world of poker and achieved remarkable success. Her dedication and skill led her to become an international poker champion, earning over $300,000 in tournament winnings. This captivating side story adds an intriguing element to her already impressive repertoire.
Beyond her accomplishments in the poker world, Maria is a notable contributor to The New Yorker. Her writing has received numerous accolades, including the esteemed 2019 Excellence in Science Journalism Award from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. This recognition highlights her ability to effectively communicate complex ideas and engage readers with her insightful and thought-provoking work.