Born and made: Musical experts are no geniuses

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The admirable skills of highly proficient musicians continue to mesmerise their fans, luring them from the safety of comfortable armchairs into unchartered territories of distant music venues that are sometimes only accessible through considerable travel and financial sacrifices. This phenomenon in itself makes musical expertise a natural object of scientific enquiry, leading to heated debates typically revolving around a central nature/nurture dichotomy. In an informative overview in this newsletter, Solange Glasser illustrates how this debate has persistently called for “solutions” and “answers” (e.g., Goldhaber, 2012), yet remains unsolved and unanswered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Music & Psychology Society Newsletter
Number of pages2
Place of publicationSydney, Australia
PublisherAustralian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS)
Publication date6 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2016


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