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Scientific American Zach Hambrick Alexander P. Burgoyne Intelligence and the DNA Revolution

Intelligence and the DNA Revolution

By Alex Burgoyne & Zach Hambrick

We are a product of both our genetic makeup and our environments, as well as the complex interplay between the two.

Scientific American Zach Hambrick Alexander P. Burgoyne Intelligence and the DNA Revolution

Is Innate Talent a Myth?

By Zach Hambrick, Fredrik Ullén, & Miriam Mosing

It’s appealing to think that “all it takes is a lot of practice,” but the factors behind elite performance are more complicated than that.

NYT Zach Hambrick

Sorry, Strivers; Talent Matters

By Zach Hambrick & Elizabeth Meinz

How do people acquire high levels of skill in science, business, music, the arts and sports? This has long been a topic of intense debate in psychology.

Huffington Post Zach Hambrick

Are Experts Born or Made?

By Zach Hambrick

Why do some people learn complex skills with apparent ease, and ultimately reach expert levels of performance, while others struggle?

Psychology Today

The Right Stuff

Danielle Zhu

Many researchers believe the focus on practice—as essential as it is—has overshadowed other key factors behind expertise and performance.


Magnus Carlsen Wins World Chess Championship, Beating Fabiano Caruana

Article by Victor Mather
Photo credit: Tolga Akmen/Agence France-Presse
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"After three weeks, 12 straight draws and a day of tiebreakers, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen finally retained the world chess championship in London on Wednesday with a victory against Fabiano Caruana, his American challenger."


Top hundred chess experts: A cross-domain analysis of change over time

Article by Angel Blanch

"The domain of chess has served in the past to address the individual variability in expert development and performance. However, the process towards expertise has been generally unexplored concerning top experts at the extreme upper tail of the chess skill distribution. This study analyzed the top hundred chess players in the world from 2009 to 2015."



Every Good Boy Does Fine: A life in piano lessons

Article by Jeremy Denk
Photograph by Mauricio Alejo

"In popular culture, music lessons are often linked with psychological torment. People apparently love stories about performing-arts teachers who drive students mad, breaking their spirits with pitiless exactitude."


Skill Acquisition and Training: Achieving Expertise in Simple and Complex Tasks

Featured book by Addie Johnson
and Robert W. Proctor

"Skill Acquisition and Training describes the building blocks of cognitive, motor, and teamwork skills, and the factors to take into account in training them. The basic processes of perception, cognition and action that provide the foundation for understanding skilled performance are discussed in the context of complex task requirements, individual differences, and extreme environmental demands."