Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance"

What's the best way to improve at chess?  This famous study doesn't offer any easy answers, but it does suggest a road to mastery.

A popularization of this study is the basis of one chapter in Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success (which you really should read even if you don't particularly care for chess!).


Frederick Rhine said...

The title reminds me of a quote I once read attributed to an eminent musician. It was something like, "I practice eight hours a day for twenty years, and now they call me a genius!" Edison's quote about the causes of success being 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration is also germane.

Ch1cag0Rob said...

Love it. Read Outliers and loved that part too. Interesting that the studies date back to Morse code operators in the 1890s.