The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice

Paperback | June 7, 2013

EditorScott Barry Kaufman

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What are the origins of greatness? Few other questions have caused such intense debate, controversy, and diversity of opinions. In recent years, a large body of research has accumulated that suggests that the origins of greatness are extraordinarily complex. Instead of talent or practice, it'stalent and practice. Instead of nature or nature, it's nature via nurture. Instead of practice, it's deliberate practice. Instead of the causes of greatness in general, it's the determinants of greatness specific to a field. The Complexity of Greatness brings together a variety of perspectives and the most cutting-edge research on genes, talent, intelligence, expertise, creativity, prodigies, savants, mindset, and grit. A variety of different domains are represented, including science, mathematics, expert memory,acting, visual arts, music, and sports. This book demonstrates that the truth about greatness is far more nuanced, complex, and fascinating than any one viewpoint or paradigm can possibly reveal. Indeed, it suggests that the time has come to go beyond talent or practice. Greatness is much, muchmore.

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What are the origins of greatness? Few other questions have caused such intense debate, controversy, and diversity of opinions. In recent years, a large body of research has accumulated that suggests that the origins of greatness are extraordinarily complex. Instead of talent or practice, it'stalent and practice. Instead of nature or n...

Scott Barry Kaufman is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University. He completed his doctorate in cognitive psychology at Yale University in 2009. He also holds degrees from University of Cambridge and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Scott Barry Kaufman: PrefacePart One: Perspectives1. Samuel D. Mandelman and Elena L. Grigorenko: Where Does Greatness Come From: A Treasure Hunt Without a Map2. Wendy Johnson: Greatness as a Manifestation of Experience-Producing Drives3. Dean Keith Simonton: If Innate Talent Doesn't Exist, Where do the Data Disappear?4. Heiner Rindermann, Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams: Whither Cognitive Talent?: Understanding High Ability, its Development, Relevance and Furtherance5. James C. Kaufman, John Baer and Lauren E. Skidmore: Young and Old, Novice and Expert: How We Evaluate Creative Art Can Reflect Practice or Talent6. Martha J. Morelock: Prodigies, Passion, Persistence, and Pretunement: Musings on the Biological Bases of Talent7. Darold A. Treffert: Savant Syndrome: A Compelling Case for Innate Talent8. Paul O'Keefe: Mindsets and Greatness: How Beliefs About Intelligence Can Create A Preference for Growth Over DefensivenessPart Two: Debate9. K. Anders Ericsson, Roy W. Roring and Kiruthiga Nandagopal: Giftedness and Evidence for Reproducibly Superior Performance: An Account Based on the Expert Performance Framework (REPRINT)10. Francoys Gagne: Yes, Giftedness (aka "Innate" Talent) Does Exist!11. K. Anders Ericsson: Gagne is Omitting Troublesome Information so as to Present More Convincing Accusations: His Accusations Along with My Own Exploration of the Evidence for Innate TalentPart Three: Domains12. Gregory Feist: Scientific Talent: Nature Shaped by Nurture13. Linda E. Brody: The Promise of Mathematical Precocity14. John Wilding: Memory Expertise or Experts' Memory?15. Helga Noice and Tony Noice: Practice and Talent in Acting16. Ellen Winner and Jennifer E. Drake: The Rage to Master: The Decisive Role of Talent in the Visual Arts (UPDATED REPRINT)17. Jane Davidson and Robert Faulkner: Music in Our Lives18. Paul R. Ford, Nicola J. Hodges and A. Mark Williams: Creating Champions: The Development of Expertise in SportsJane Davidson, John Sloboda and Stephen Ceci: Epilogue: Michael Howe Remembered