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The Psychology of High Abilities

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael J. A. Howe
    Pages 1-18
  3. Michael J. A. Howe
    Pages 19-51
  4. Michael J. A. Howe
    Pages 83-123
  5. Michael J. A. Howe
    Pages 124-137
  6. Michael J. A. Howe
    Pages 138-151
  7. Michael J. A. Howe
    Pages 152-166
  8. Michael J. A. Howe
    Pages 167-182
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 183-198

About this book


Why are some people more capable than others? What are the reasons for someone gaining unusual abilities or special expertise, or being especially creative? What has to happen in order for a young person to become a child prodigy, or genius? How can we help today's children to reach high levels of ability, and shine in the arts or the sciences, sports or games, or excel in various other fields of expertise?

These are important questions, and high abilities form a vital human resource. For young people who acquire high abilities, life can be especially fulfilling and fruitful as well as successful and rewarding. And the achievements of an exceptionally able individual may benefit many other men and women, because numerous lives are enriched by those creative attainments and scientific insights that benefit mankind.

The Psychology of High Abilities investigates the actual causes underlying impressive accomplishments and achievements. The book examines how and why people differ in their capabilities. Many influences that contribute to high abilities are revealed, yielding numerous practical insights into the most effective ways for extending the abilities of young people and creating higher levels of expertise. Stress is placed upon the importance of parents' guidance and support, and on the roles of parents and teachers in providing young people with the opportunities and the experiences that encourage the mastery of new skills and capabilities. Topics covered include child prodigies, geniuses, the acceleration of development in children, and the influence of family backgrounds on young people.


child children development family intelligence psychology women

About the authors

MICHAEL J.A. HOWE sometime Professor of Psychology at the University of Exeter. Having worked in North America at Dalhousie University, Tufts University and the University of Alberta. He was the author of over a hundred journal articles and around 15 books including, most recently, IQ in Question: The Truth about Intelligence and Principles of Abilities and Human Learning.

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