Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Howe et al.: Innate talents

Defining and finding talent: Data and a multiplicative model?

Dean Keith Simonton a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA 95616-8686 simonton


The Simonton (1991) study of 120 classical composers may provide evidence for the existence of innate talent. A weighted multiplicative model of talent development provides a basis for evaluating the adequacy of Howe et al.'s conclusions.