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World-class expertise: a developmental model

by Scott Barry Kaufman, September 3, 2015
The field of psychology has done a remarkable job discovering the ways people differ from one another in their abilities and talents, but has long neglected the diverse ways people can unleash those capacities. There is no plausible mechanism by which our genes directly encode skills like how to dribble a basketball, play the violin, or solve an algebraic equation. On the contrary, all human expertise depends on experience and training.
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