Psychologist Maria Konnikova Teaches Us How to 'Sherlock' Our Brains - Public Radio's The Dinner Party by The Dinner Party Download published on 2012-12-21T21:51:53Z Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic fictional characters of our time, but he’s also actually grounded in reality. (Doyle’s brilliant professor, Dr. Joseph Bell, served the model for Sherlock.) Similarly, Holmes’ seemingly ‘super-human’ thought processes are not fictional impossibilities, but accessible methods that we can use in our lives. Writer and psychologist Maria Konnikova schools Rico in a few of Holmes’ signature tricks: mindfulness, an orderly “brain attic,” and a curious disposition. (Maria’s new book “Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes” comes out January 3.) -- The Dinner Party" (www.dinnerpartydownload.com) is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you "Marketplace." Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett. Past guests include Michelle Williams, Judd Apatow, Kid Cudi, Sir Richard Branson and others. Wallpaper magazine calls us one of their "30 Reasons To Live In The USA.