The virtuoso violinist, star surgeon and super sportswoman - could any of us become the best of the best? Daniel Coyle toured the world’s famous talent ‘hotbeds’ in search of secrets. Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson says with enough ‘deliberate practice’ - 10,000 hours of it, he argues - anything’s possible. But does that trump ‘natural talent’?
Dr K. Anders Ericsson, Conradi Eminent Scholar, Professor of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida - (http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/ericsson.dp.html)
Daniel Coyle, Author and contributing editor for Outside magazine - (http://thetalentcode.com/author/)
Jacqui Cooper, Former world champion aerial skier - (http://jacquicooper.com/)
Jacqui Cooper ski-jumping at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj8sSTmKMG0)
Title: The Talent Code; Greatness Isn’t Born It’s Grown
Author: Daniel Coyle
Publisher: Arrow Books, 2009
Title: The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance
Author: Ericsson, K. Anders; Krampe, Ralf T.; Tesch-Rer, Clemens
Publisher: Psychological Review: Vol 100(3), Jul 1993, 363-406.
Title: Toward a science of exceptional achievement: attaining superior performance through deliberate practice.
Author: Ericsson KA, Nandagopal K, Roring RW.
Publisher: Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Aug;1172:199-217.
Title: From the Guest Editors: How Do Experts Learn
Author: A. Mark Williams and K. Anders Ericsson
Publisher: Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2008, 30, 653-662
Title: Cognitive functions of the cerebellum explain how Ericsson’s deliberate practice produces giftedness
Publisher: High Ability Studies; Vol 18, No 1, June 2007, pp89-92
Title: Deliberate practice and expert performance: defining the path to excellence
Author: Paul Ward, Nicola J. Hodges, A. Mark Williams and Janet L. Starkes
Publisher: London: Routledge (2004)
URL: http://hkin.educ.ubc.ca/faculty/hodgesn/msl/docs/ward_chap.pdf In A.M. Williams and N.J. Hodges (Eds.), Skill acquisition in sport: Research, theory and practice (pp. 232-258).
Title: Tracing the Development of Athletes Using Retrospective Interview Methods: A Proposed Interview and Validation Procedure for Reported Information
Author: Jean C K. Anders Ericsson, Madelyn P. Law
Publisher: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Vol. 17, No. 1. (March 2005), pp. 1-19.
Title: Success is all in the Mind
Author: Shelley Gare
Publisher: The Australian newspaper, January 24, 2009.