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Alexander P. Burgoyne was awarded the Rasmussen Fellowship upon enrolling in the doctoral program at MSU.

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Alexander P. Burgoyne

Hi, I'm Alex. I'm fascinated by expertise and the cognitive processes underlying complex skill acquisition. My research interests include assessing the roles of ability, training, and personality characteristics in the attainment of exceptional performance, the moderating role of task characteristics on predictors of achievement, intelligence, placekeeping ability and task switching, longitudinal predictors of perseverance and attrition, the contribution of cognitive control, coaching, and meta-awareness to the efficacy of practice, and creativity & improvisation.

Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Doctoral Program
Michigan State University

Ongoing Projects:

Testing the Circumvention of Limits Hypothesis
Does the relationship between cognitive ability and complex skill acquisition decrease as a function of domain-relevant experience? To what extent can selective attrition and reliance on memory-based skill account for decreasing ability-performance correlations? This multi-domain project seeks to test the circumvention of limits hypothesis in chess, music, sports, and other professions.

Acquiring Skill in Music: An Individual Differences Approach
What enables some people to defy the typical trajectory of skill acquisition and attain expert levels of performance well before their peers? In this project I assess the relative contribution of individual differences to the acquisition of musical skill in novice pianists.

Predictors of Multitasking Performance
With technology woven into the fabric of everyday experience, there is an increasing demand for multitaskers, especially in the workplace. This experiment tracks the effect of specialized training on predictors of multitasking competency.

Malleability of Placekeeping Ability
We're testing the malleability of placekeeping ability, a ubiquitous cognitive control construct involved in everything from medical procedures and military operations to making your morning cup of coffee.

Talent Heatmap
We're using modern data visualization techniques to better understand regional talent hotbeds in sports and music.

A Decade of Golf
We're compiling data on the past decade of elite golf performance to estimate changes in the relative contribution of power and precision over time.

Hambrick, Burgoyne, & Oswald (in press)

Domain-General Models of Expertise: The Role of Cognitive Ability
Oxford Handbook of Expertise: Research and Application

Hambrick, Altmann, & Burgoyne (in press)

A Knowledge-Activation Approach to Testing the Circumvention-of-Limits Hypothesis
American Journal of Psychology

Burgoyne et al. (under review)

The Impact of Domain-Specific Experience on Chess Skill: Re-Analysis of a Key Study

Burgoyne et al. (under review)

Altering Mindsets with a Brief Online Intervention

Sisk & Burgoyne et al. (2018)

To What Extent and Under Which Circumstances Are Growth Mind-Sets Important to Academic Achievement? Two Meta-Analyses
Psychological Science

Hambrick & Burgoyne et al. (2018)

Toward a Multifactorial Model of Expertise: Beyond Born Versus Made
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Macnamara et al. (2018)

The Deliberate Practice View: An Evaluation of Definitions, Claims, and Empirical Evidence
The Science of Expertise

Hambrick & Burgoyne et al. (2018)

Working Memory, Thinking, and Expertise
International Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning

Burgoyne et al. (2016)

The Relationship between Cognitive Ability and Chess Skill: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis

Sala & Burgoyne et al. (2017)

Checking the “Academic Selection” Argument. Chess Players Outperform Non-Chess Players in Cognitive Skills Related to Intelligence: A Meta-Analysis

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