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Innate talents: reality or myth?

Howe, M.J.A., Davidson, J.W. and Sloboda, J.A. (1998) Innate talents: reality or myth? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 21 (3). pp. 399-407. ISSN 0140-525X


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Talents that selectively facilitate the acquisition of high levels of skill are said to be present in some children but not others. The evidence for this includes biological correlates of specific abilities, certain rare abilities in autistic savants, and the seemingly spontaneous emergence of exceptional abilities in young children, but there is also contrary evidence indicating an absence of early precursors of high skill levels. An analysis of positive and negative evidence and arguments suggests that differences in early experiences, preferences, opportunities, habits, training, and practice are the real determinants of excellence.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1998 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: exceptional ability, expertise, innate capacity, prodigy, specific ability, talent
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Music (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 19:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X9800123X
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0140525X9800123X
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1533

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