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Deliberate practice: is that all it takes to become an expert?

Hambrick, David Z., Oswald, Frederick L., Altmann, Erik M., Meinz, Elizabeth J., Gobet, Fernand ORCID: 0000-0002-9317-6886 and Campitelli, Guillermo (2014) Deliberate practice: is that all it takes to become an expert? Intelligence, 45. pp. 34-45. ISSN 0160-2896

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.intell.2013.04.001


Twenty years ago, Ericsson, Krampe, and Tesch-Römer (1993) proposed that expert performance reflects a long period of deliberate practice rather than innate ability, or “talent”. Ericsson et al. found that elite musicians had accumulated thousands of hours more deliberate practice than less accomplished musicians, and concluded that their theoretical framework could provide “a sufficient account of the major facts about the nature and scarcity of exceptional performance” (p. 392). The deliberate practice view has since gained popularity as a theoretical account of expert performance, but here we show that deliberate practice is not sufficient to explain individual differences in performance in the two most widely studied domains in expertise research—chess and music. For researchers interested in advancing the science of expert performance, the task now is to develop and rigorously test theories that take into account as many potentially relevant explanatory constructs as possible.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 16:57
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:45

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