A Neuroscientist Debunks the Myth of Musical Instinct

The Atlantic:

Are musicians born or made? What is the line between skill and talent in any domain, and can we acquire either later in life? That’s exactly what neuroscientist Gary Marcus explores in Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning—a fascinating journey into the limits of human reinvention.

In an effort to reconcile his lifelong passion for music with his self-admitted chronic musical ineptitude, Marcus set out to debunk one of science’s longest-running theories about learning—that there are “critical periods” in which complex skills can be learned, and that they slam shut after adolescence.

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