Ruthsatz and colleagues investigated the cognitive profiles of 18 prodigies: eight music prodigies, five math prodigies, and five art prodigies. Math and music prodigies had a significantly higher total IQ score than the art prodigies. In fact, the art prodigies had about an average IQ score.
Chua explains that Chinese mothers (and parents from other non-white American cultural groups) think about children differently. They think about potential, rather than protection.