The Psychology of High Abilities

The Psychology of High Abilities

by Michael J. A. Howe
     
 

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Why are some people more capable than others? What are the reasons for someone gaining unusual abilities or special expertise, or being especially creative? What has to happen in order for a young person to become a child prodigy or genius? How can we help today's children to reach high levels of ability, and to shine in the arts or the sciences, in sports or games,

Overview

Why are some people more capable than others? What are the reasons for someone gaining unusual abilities or special expertise, or being especially creative? What has to happen in order for a young person to become a child prodigy or genius? How can we help today's children to reach high levels of ability, and to shine in the arts or the sciences, in sports or games, or to excel in other fields of expertise?

The Psychology of High Abilities explains how, when, and why people acquire such special expertise, and illuminates ways to make it possible for larger numbers of young people to extend their capabilities. Examining how and why people differ in their capabilities, it investigates the actual causes underlying impressive accomplishments and achievements. The volume reveals the kinds of influences that contribute to high abilities and provides practical insights into the most effective ways for extending the abilities of young people and creating higher levels of expertise.

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Howe (psychology, U. of Exeter) explores how, when, and why people acquire unusual or precocious abilities. Debunking the idea that genius and high ability are the product of innate talent, the author investigates the causes of high abilities and suggests means of extending the abilities of young people and creating higher levels of expertise. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A well-written, engaging book that should leave a parent feeling empowered and hopeful."

-Applied Cognitive Psychology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333750971
Publisher:
Palgrave HE UK
Publication date:
07/22/1999
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

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From the Publisher

"A well-written, engaging book that should leave a parent feeling empowered and hopeful."

-Applied Cognitive Psychology

Meet the Author

Michael J. A. Howe is Professor of Psychology at the University of Exeter and has previously taught at American University, Dalhousie University, and Tufts University. He is the author of over a hundred journal articles and several books, including IQ in Question: The Truth about Intelligence.

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