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The Complexity of GreatnessBeyond Talent or Practice$
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Scott Barry Kaufman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794003.001.0001

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If Innate Talent doesn’t exist, where do the data disappear?

If Innate Talent doesn’t exist, where do the data disappear?

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The Complexity of Greatness

Dean Keith Simonton

Oxford University Press

We are endlessly fascinated by stories of the lives of geniuses and their trials and tribulations in producing their works of lasting significance. We wonder if they are somehow inherently different from the rest of us, or if they just somehow got a better start. Increasingly, however, psychologists are realizing that this nature-nurture dichotomy is an inappropriate way of thinking about the development of excellent achievements. Experience-producing drive theory offers a possible explanatory process: genes serve to drive people to seek the kinds of experiences that build high levels of skill and knowledge that in turn fuel creative achievements. This chapter explores how the theory can be used to understand greatness.

Keywords:   experience-producing drives, genetic influence, time-on-task

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