In her new book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes—published this month—Konnikova explores the fictional character of Sherlock Holmes. Could a real-life person be as observant as he is? And is such a skill innate or learned?
This article in the NYTimes gives you a taste of the ways in which she uses Sherlock Holmes’ character to illustrate psychological concepts. In this instance, she points to his habit of concentrating on a new case and the parallels between his cognitive abilities and the studies that have been done on mindfulness.