2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Confidence Game: The Power (and Price) of Stories

Monday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 18ABCD
531 E 4th St

Join New York Times bestselling author Maria Konnikova as she explores and explains the psychological principles that make stories so incredibly powerful—and such strong tools of persuasion and deception. From riveting sob stories of trauma and loss, to exciting tales of intrigue on the high seas, tricksters and grifters are consummate storytellers, and the stories they weave prove impossible to resist. In a world in which the internet makes it easier than ever to access information and adopt new identities, material is never hard to come by—and the means of storytelling grow infinitely greater. Could you be taken in?

In this talk, Konnikova will tell the fascinating stories about some of the most seductive imposters in history, taking us into the world of the con to examine not only why we believe in confidence artists, but how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.

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Maria Konnikova at SXSW

Maria Konnikova


The New Yorker

Maria is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column with a focus on psychology and science, and is currently working on an assortment of non-fiction and fiction proj...

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