This Dilbert cartoon features the infamous (and incorrect) 10000 hour rule. Larry Cuban collected more cartoons on mediocrity.
It’s already a very old discussion, nature versus nurture and 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… Read More Another dent to the 10000 hours rule: becoming an expert takes more than practice
It’s a study I’ve written about already a year ago by Hambrick et al on the popular idea (made popular by Gladwell) that you need 10000 hours to become an expert. Well, the truth is more complicated. Now that a discussion on the first paper by Hambrick et al is published in a journal, also… Read More 10000 hours practice (and more and less), the story continues
Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea that to master something you’ll need 10000 hours of practice. But now there comes critiques with for instance the interesting book by David Epstein The Sports Gene. Epstein’s key point is that the ten-thousand-hour idea must be understood as an average. Gladwell has written a response now, do check it out! A quote: “It… Read More Good read on the 10000-hours training principle: Complexity and the ten-thousand-hour rule
It has become a meme in itself. To be an elite specialist your need to practice 10 years or 10000 hours. New research led by Michigan State University’s Zach Hambrick finds that a copious amount of practice is not enough to explain why people differ in level of skill in two widely studied activities, chess and… Read More Practice makes perfect? It sure helps, but the amount of practice depends (aka the 10000 hours-myth).
We are living in YouTube and TikTok times so people often think that when communicating about science we also should use video. Not a bad idea, but do be warned… it could be a bad idea if you are looking for funding. The study doesn’t surprise me as it seems to be in line with… Read More Interesting but not too surprising: Video is not always effective in science communication
At first it looks like a ‘No shit, Sherlock’-kind of study: intelligence plays a significant role in determining chess skill. But there is more than meets the eye. Do know that for the e.g. the infamous 10000 rule chess research played an important role. But just relentless practice for 8 to 10 years won’t do the… Read More More than meets the eye: Chess skill is linked to intelligence
I’ve been posting research on the infamous 10000 hours rule (check here, here and here). Now, in a new book “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise”, the original researchers reply on Gladwell who used their research: Malcolm Gladwell got us wrong: Our research was key to the 10,000-hour rule, but here’s what got oversimplified. Some excerpts… Read More Good read: Malcolm Gladwell got us wrong
Which questions do you need to ask yourself if you read about a study? This great video gives you a headstart! (HT Tommy Opgenhaffen) #1 What was the purpose of the study? The reason they did the study might influence the answers they found. The data might be biased if it was collected to further the interests of… Read More Great video: “Thinking Critically About Data”
We’ve debunked the 10000 hours myth already a couple of times but why are some people able to master a new skill quickly while others require extra time or practice? A new study has a maybe surprising answer…because their brains work less (or rather more efficient)? Do note that the amount of people participating in this… Read More Why do some people master a new skill quickly while others require extra time or practice?