Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect, Study Suggests

U.S. News & World Report:

Practice is an essential part of gaining excellence in a specific skill, but to become truly great other qualities must come into play, such as IQ or working memory, according to researchers who studied how practice affects the success of chess players.

For the study, published in the October issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, the researchers also considered earlier research and noted that practicing harder or longer doesn’t compensate for the lack of other important traits relevant to a certain activity.

The study authors pointed out that there is a theory that people will do better in areas such as sports, music and chess if they practice more.

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