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We study the origins of skill in domains such as music, science, chess, and sports.

Welcome to the Expertise Lab.

The Research Team

Zach Hambrick

Laboratory Director
Michigan State University

Lauren Julius Harris

Michigan State University

Alexander Burgoyne

Graduate Assistant
Michigan State University

Brooke Macnamara

Case Western Reserve University

Guillermo Campitelli

Edith Cowan University

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Burgoyne et al. (2016)

The Relationship between Cognitive Ability and Chess Skill: A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis

Hambrick et al. (2014)

Accounting for Expert Performance: The Devil is in the Details

Macnamara et al. (2016)

The Relationship Between Deliberate Practice and Performance in Sports: A Meta-Analysis
Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Macnamara et al. (2016)

How Important is Deliberate Practice? Reply to Ericsson (2016)
Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Hambrick et al. (2016)

Beyond Born versus Made: A New Look at Expertise
Psychology of Learning and Motivation.

Macnamara et al. (2014)

Deliberate Practice and Performance in Music, Games, Sports, Education, and Professions: A Meta-Analysis
Psychological Science.

Ullen et al. (2015)

Rethinking Expertise: A Multifactorial Gene–Environment Interaction Model of Expert Performance
Psychological Bulletin.

Hambrick et al. (2014)

The Genetics of Music Accomplishment: Evidence for Gene–Environment Correlation and Interaction
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Hambrick et al. (2014)

Facing Facts about Deliberate Practice
Frontiers in Psychology.

Meinz & Hambrick (2010)

Deliberate Practice Is Necessary but Not Sufficient to Explain Individual Differences in Piano Sight-Reading Skill: The Role of Working Memory Capacity
Psychological Science.

Hambrick et al. (2013)

Deliberate Practice: is that all it takes to become an Expert?

Hambrick et al. (2012)

A Test of the Circumvention-of-Limits Hypothesis in Scientific Problem Solving: The Case of Geological Bedrock Mapping
Journal of Experimental Psychology.

In The News
Scientific American Zach Hambrick Fredrick Ullen Miriam Mosing
September 20, 2016

Is Innate Talent a Myth?

It’s appealing to think that “all it takes is a lot of practice,” but the factors behind elite performance are more complicated than that.
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Psychology Today Zach Hambrick Expertise Alex Burgoyne
September 4, 2014

The Right Stuff

Many researchers believe the focus on practice—as essential as it is—has overshadowed other key factors behind expertise and performance.
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September 28, 2016

Practice Doesn't Make Perfect

“One of the criticisms people direct at us is that we’re killing people’s dreams,” Hambrick says. “But I think in fact it’s the contrary: the more we can know about the origins of expertise, including training but everything else, the more we can help people be their best selves.”
Article by Maria Konnikova
Illustration by Wren McDonald
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September 5, 2016

Yuja Wang and the Art of Performance

"Ms. Wang’s virtuosity goes well beyond uncanny facility. . . . She wondrously brought out intricate details, inner voices and harmonic colorings. The first movement had élan and daring. The scherzo skipped along with mischievousness and rhythmic bite.”
Quote by Anthony Tommasini
Article by Janet Malcolm
Photograph by Pari Dukovic
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The Origins of Exceptional Performance in the Arts

by Zach Hambrick, PhD
Brain and Culture Symposium
Karolinska Institutet, May 16th, 2016

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How Important is Deliberate Practice for Chess?

by Zach Hambrick, PhD
APS Conference
Chicago, May 29th, 2016