BOOK REVIEW: Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

Review by Alexandra Witze

By Science News, 12:48 PM February 7, 2013

Who wouldn’t want to think like Sherlock Holmes? Just imagine all the mysteries one could solve: nabbing murderers, foiling villains and locating prize racehorses.

So too might one conquer everyday puzzles, like finding lost car keys. Konnikova, a writer and psychologist, argues that even the dimmest among us can benefit from Sherlockian strategies.

It all sounds a bit self-helpy, but Konnikova unpacks the science behind the brain’s process of deduction and how it can falter. Patients with...

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