The case against innate talent – The 200 words project

(continued from parts 1, 2, 3). Researcher K Anders Ericsson has researched expert performance for the past 30+ years. In every case, his analysis has revealed one thread – every innate talent/prodigy story can be deconstructed to reveal “deliberate practice.” Deliberate practice is practice that is typically guided by a coach that has specific goals, […]

Deliberate practice minus the 10,000 hour rule – The 200 words project

(continued from parts 1, 2). The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea of 10,000 hours required to become an expert . There were, however, two issues with the 10,000 hour rule. First, there is no magic number for the number of hours required to become an expert. It varies by field. 10,000 hours could […]

Testing for a relationship between innate talent and expertise – The 200 words project

(continued from part 1) We measure innate talent in the mind with “IQ”. IQ had no relation with the London taxi drivers who passed the qualification test. While the average IQ of scientists is higher than the average person, there is no correlation between IQ and scientific productivity either. Richard Feynman, one of the most […]

The London taxi driver study – The 200 words project

In a lengthy study, Eleanor Maguire and Katherine Woollett from the neuroimaging center at University College London followed a group of 79 trainee taxi drivers and 31 controls (people who weren’t in training). Over time, they took snapshots of their brain structure using MRI and studied their performance on memory tasks. The trainee taxi drivers […]

Achievement vs. potential – The 200 words project

Researchers tested two different Facebook ads for the same comedian. Half the ads said the comedian, Kevin Shea, “Could be the next big thing.” The other half said, “He is the next big thing.” The first ad generated far more click-throughs and likes than the second.” Studies around candidates applying for new jobs showed that […]