Maria is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column with a focus on psychology and science. Her first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into seventeen languages. It was nominated for the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award for Best Non-fiction and was a Goodreads People’s Choice Semifinalist for 2013. Her second book, The Confidence Game, is scheduled for publication next winter. Her writing has appeared online and in print in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American MIND, and WIRED, among numerous other publications. Maria graduated from Harvard University, and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.