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I learned how we can all be better teachers from Elizabeth Green who shared her wisdom for Psychology Today:
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/three-ways-we-can-all-become-better-teachers …
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Shakespeare, Vermeer, and the ‘Secrets’ of Genius. Colleague Stuart Ritchie explores talent, practice, and the 10,000 hour rule and what makes a genius on +Psychology Today 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201407/shakespeare-vermeer-and-the-secrets-genius …
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The article seems to be more about acquiring techincal skill and knowledge than genius. There's still something qualitatively different about the way celebrated genius' think. An excellent recital musician isn't the same thing as a talented and original composer. For one, genius' think "more broadly" and make insightful connections between seemingly unrelated concepts.

There are currently studies that are examining the rates and durations of physical development and periods of augmented plasticity in the brain and looking for pre-cursors and predictors of cognitive ability later in life. Such research should be able to determine whether some people are biologically pre-disposed towards exceptional thinking and talent.

Here's a quick article on what appears to be a key biological factor in cognitive development, "mini- or micro-columns": http://corticalchauvinism.com/2013/01/24/an-introduction-to-cortical-modularity/

Hope you find it interesting :)
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"There are three areas that I think are important to understand in the future: genetics, neuroscience, and cognition. All three of these areas have made incredible advances and are in the process of coming together and merging." - Doug Detterman

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201409/intelligence-is-critical-the-future-humankind
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Great interview.
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Should the SAT be optional in admissions? I explore this topic on @qz thanks to @laurenalixb: http://qz.com/254248
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The standard narrative today is that science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education is important because we need more data scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals. But promoting STEM education is critical for another reason: it teaches creative problem solving, which is widely applicable and more necessary than ever today. STEM education is linked to success not...
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1. Learn from the best. Sometimes you must learn to fail before you learn to succeed.

2. Don’t be afraid of having the same routine every day and working long hours.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/finding-the-next-einstein/201405/the-psychology-success-world-class-sushi-chef +Psychology Today 
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