Saturday, February 28, 2009

(PM) Musical "Genius" or Practice?

An article from Psychology Today relating musical ability, general intelligence, and hours of practice:

An excerpt:

Musical achievement = general intelligence + domain-specific skills + practice

[researchers] tested this model using a statistical technique called regression and found that general intelligence (as measured by a test of abstract reasoning), music ability (as measured by a test of tonal and rhythmic differentiation), and time devoted to musical practice and lessons significantly accounted for more of the variance in music achievement than practice alone. In other words, even with practice entered into the equation, both general intelligence and domain-specific music ability added to the prediction of the variance in musical achievement above what would be expected by chance.

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