Tuesday, 25 February 2014

What is talent? Excellent article by Scott Barry Kaufman

Hi all, 

I wanted to share this article I came across by Scott Barry Kaufman, an award-winning psychologist and author. He is adjunct assistant professor of psychology at New York University and has written a number of excellent books on talent and expertise including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and The complexity of greatness: beyond talent or practice. 

The article is one of the the most well written, accessible and balanced accounts of the research relating to talent that I have read. It takes an extremely complex area and manages to package the key findings into a really neat and well written package. 

From my perspective Kaufman has superbly outlined the delicate interplay between innate characteristics as defined by nature through genetic inheritance and the socialising influence of the developmental environment. 

I have written a previous blog post on this subject which gets nowhere near as close to Kaufman in terms of a well reasoned and written article but hopefully provides a slightly different slant on the same theme. http://developingsportingtalent.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/is-talent-natural-or-nurtured-who-cares.html



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