The nature and nurture of talent: A bioecological perspective on the ontogeny of exceptional abilities


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Despite extensive research, questions underlying the nature and nurture of talent remain both numerous and diverse. In the current paper, we present an account that addresses 2 of the primary questions inspired by this debate: (a) the very existence of innate talents and (b) how exceptional abilities are developed. The development of exceptional performance is addressed through a synthesis of recent models that invoke multiplier effects to explain how differences in initial conditions (e.g., different levels of innate abilities), coupled with gene-environment interactions, determine ranges of phenotypic outcomes. Copyright © 2005 The Association for the Gifted.

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Cited Authors

  • Papierno, PB; Ceci, SJ; Makel, MC; Williams, WM

Published Date

  • January 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 3-4

Start / End Page

  • 312 - 332

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0162-3532

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4219/jeg-2005-343

Citation Source

  • Scopus