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Mixed Messages for Tunisian Women

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After the tumult of the Arab Spring, many Tunisian women are wondering whether they should be optimistic or concerned about preserving and expanding their rights...read more

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Sorry, Strivers: Talent Matters

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HOW do people acquire high levels of skill in science, business, music, the arts and sports? This has long been a topic of intense debate in psychology.
Research in recent decades has shown that a big part of the answer is simply practice and a lot of it. In a pioneering study, the Florida State University psychologist K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues asked violin students at a music academy to estimate the amount of time they had devoted to practice since they started playing. By age 20, the students whom the faculty nominated as the best players had accumulated an average of over 10,000 hours, compared with just under 8,000 hours for the good players and not even 5,000 hours for the least skilled...Read More

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