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Joanne Ruthsatz

The Varieties of the Prodigy

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 04.25.2014 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

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.

The Mind of the Prodigy

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

While it's true that many prodigies receive support, resources, and encouragement from parents and coaches early on, their support is typically the result of a demonstrated "rage to learn." The reason why they are so driven to deliberately practice in their domain requires explaining.