The role of myelin in training “super athletes”

Further fueling my fascination with the notion of “innate” versus “trained” ability across a spectrum of disciplines, here is a New York Times magazine article on the science and art of training “super athletes”. The author describes the emerging science of skill development: “You have to understand that every skill exists as a circuit, and that circuit has to be formed and optimized.” The idea of deliberate practice – that is, not just repetitions, but repetitions coupled with constant critical feedback and focus on improving – is also mentioned in this article as the single process shared in the development of any talent.

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