What makes one great? Is it intelligence alone or does it also include sustained practice?
Working memory capacity – closely related to general intelligence – may sometimes be the deciding factor between good and great, according to a Michigan State University study.
Practice is equally important – if not more – than intelligence in making people stand out, associate professor in psychology Zach Hambrick said.
Imagine where Bill Gates would be if he hadn’t honed his programming skills, but then Hambrick disagrees with the notion that intelligence plays no role in determining excellence, reports the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.
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