Lyceum lecture attendees can get glimpse inside the mind of a super sleuth
Maria Konnikova
Maria Konnikova

Victoria College will feature Maria Konnikova as the fourth and final speaker of the 2015-16 Lyceum Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Victoria. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Konnikova writes about human behavior, science and psychology, most notably for her weekly New Yorker blog. She is the author of “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes,” a New York Times best-seller that has been translated into 16 languages.

Drawing on neuroscience and psychology, Konnikova explores Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation and logical deduction. In doing so, she teaches how anyone—with some self-awareness and a little practice—can employ these same methods to sharpen their perception, solve difficult problems and enhance their creativity.

Her new book, “The Confidence Game,” is a compelling investigation into the minds, motives and methods of con artists.

Konnikova previously worked as a producer for the Charlie Rose show. She also wrote the weekly Literally Psyched column for Scientific American as well as the Artful Choice blog for Big Think. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American MIND and Scientific American.

Leading up to the lecture, VC’s Lyceum Committee invites residents to participate in an online game developed to promote Konnikova’s book. Participants can compete to win a gift card April 4-6. Names appearing on the high scores list will be recorded at 5 p.m. each day April 4-6. Those whose names appear in the top slot either day can claim their prize April 7-8 at VC’s Marketing & Communications Department by showing a photo ID.

To access the online game, visit using a desktop computer and click on the image for Konnikova’s lecture. The game is not accessible on some mobile devices.

For more information about the contest or the lecture, call (361) 573-3291 or visit

Published: Tuesday, 29 March 2016

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