Kaylie Reed's Reviews > The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Everything Else

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
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Oct 21, 2009

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A discussion of the role of myelination in the development of talent, which he claims has no genetic component, but instead is purely a result of exposure and practice-induced myelination of specific neural circuits triggered by certain signals. These signals come from deep, targeted practice that focuses on finding and correcting mistakes. Staying in this trying state of constant improvement requires intense motivation which he argues comes from igniting events in a life or inspiration from great coaches. Coaches or guides also play an important role in helping students trigger the targeted signals to fire over and over. The author uses engaging examples from various international "hotbeds" of talent ranging from Brazilian soccer players to South Korean female golf prodigies to music students at a retreat in upstate New York to prove this "talent code".
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