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Psychologist Maria Konnikova On 'The Biggest Bluff'

Renee Bright

Maria Konnikova was having a bad year. So, to help pull herself out, this Harvard-trained psychologist decided to take up high stakes, competitive poker as a way to study human behavior. 

After enlisting the help of Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel, Konnikova, who started the project to learn about others, ended up spending the year learning mostly about herself. In her book The Biggest Bluff, Konnikova details her journey through the world of competitive poker, her own extraordinary success as a player and the lessons she took away from the table. She learned that while life will deal all of us our share of bad cards, it’s how we play them that matters in the end. We’ll talk with Konnikova this Friday at 11 a.m. (Repeat)

Maria Konnikova’s book is The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself and Win. [Bookshop | Amazon | Audible]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.