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    • The Confidence Game

    • Why We Fall for It...Every Time
    • By: Maria Konnikova
    • Narrated by: Maria Konnikova
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen - the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs - are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion, and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.

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    • The Confidence Game = major disappointment

    • By Nicole Kiess on 02-16-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Mastermind

    • How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
    • By: Maria Konnikova
    • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our lives at work and at home? We can, says psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova, and in Mastermind she shows us how. Beginning with the "brain attic", Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights.

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    • Mindless: How to Regurgitate Useless Information

    • By CC on 02-12-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Confidence Game

    • The Psychology of the Con and Why We Fall for It Every Time
    • By: Maria Konnikova
    • Narrated by: Maria Konnikova
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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 investigates the psychological principles that underlie each stage of the confidence game and the profile of both the con artist and his mark.

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    • A helpful guide for unlocking mental blindspots

    • By Tumwine on 01-27-17

    Regular price: $16.12

    • Altered Tastes

    • By: Maria Konnikova
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 43 mins
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    Our preferences for salt, sugar, and fat evolved within the context of our species’ historical nutritional scarcity. These basic tastes are the echoes of prehistoric signals that saw humanity through epochs of less abundant food sources. They made sense when we were hunter-gatherers eating only what we could kill; less so, when navigating the line at the local Subway. Indeed, our basic physiological response to taste is largely innate. Give an infant something sweet and she will lick it up.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • Täuschend echt und glatt gelogen

    • Die Kunst des Betrugs
    • By: Maria Konnikova
    • Narrated by: Oliver Schönfeld
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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    Es passiert nur den anderen, den Leichtgläubigen und den Gierigen, aber niemals uns: Onlinediebstahl, Anlagebetrug, Abzockerei. Doch die wahren Betrugskünstler finden bei jedem die Schwachstelle. Ob Schneeballsysteme oder Kunstfälschung, getürkte Diplome, Sekten oder Investitionslügen: Immer geht es um Vertrauen, um die Kunst, andere etwas glauben zu lassen, um die richtige Story. Das wussten Gert Postel, Bernie Madoff und schon der "Great Impostor" Waldo Demara in den 50er Jahren.

    Regular price: $16.07