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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

International Collaborators

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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
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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August 8, 2016

The Duo that Dominates Dressage

"The mysteries of dressage are many and not unrelated to love. Young horses mature well or badly. Riders fall and lose their nerve. There is always a search for the feeling of connection, and no guarantee that you will find it.”
Article by Sam Knight
Photograph by Tereza Červeňová
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Featured Book

Robert Vallerand The Psychology of Passion: A Dualistic Model

The concept of passion is one we regularly use to describe our interests, and yet there is no broad theory that can explain the development and consequences of passion for activities across people's lives. In The Psychology of Passion, Robert J. Vallerand presents the first such theory, providing a complete presentation of the Dualistic Model of Passion and the empirical evidence that supports it.

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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


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