July 4, 2014

Becoming an Expert Takes More Than Practice

Deliberate practice may not have nearly as much influence in building expertise as we thought, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Scientists have been studying and debating whether experts are “born” or “made” since the mid-1800s. In recent years, deliberate practice has received considerable attention in these debates, while innate ability has been pushed to the side, due in part to the famous “10,000-hour rule” coined by Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book Outliers.