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May 2018
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In this updated and expanded edition of The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance, some of the world's foremost experts on expertise share their scientific knowledge of expertise and expert performance and show how experts may differ from non-experts in terms of development, training, reasoning, knowledge, and social support. The book reviews innovative methods for measuring experts' knowledge and performance in relevant tasks. Sixteen major domains of expertise are covered, including sports, music, medicine, business, writing, and drawing, with leading researchers summarizing their knowledge about the structure and acquisition of expert skills and knowledge, and discussing future prospects. General issues that cut across most domains are reviewed in chapters on various aspects of expertise, such as general and practical intelligence, differences in brain activity, self-regulated learning, deliberate practice, aging, knowledge management, and creativity.


'The pursuit of expertise is of course as old as humankind. There have been many breakthroughs but also many false starts, dead ends, and outright errors. It is only now - finally! - that the pursuit of expertise is getting the treatment it deserved all along, and this Cambridge Handbook is the definitive compendium of that treatment: empirical, thoughtful, and exceedingly useful. The new ideas and insights in this revised and expanded edition are particularly welcome, as the world of expertise has changed a lot in the past ten years!'

Stephen J. Dubner - host of Freakonomics Radio and co-author of the Freakonomics book series

'Bravo! Ericsson and colleagues have done it again. New, improved, and delightfully readable from cover to cover, this text belongs in the hands of performers, coaches, and educators that want to maximize individual and team performance.'

David Farley - Mayo Clinic

'The second edition of this Handbook reflects the voluminous scholarship on expertise since publication of the first edition, while retaining its positive features. The 42 chapters by leading experts provide a magnificent overview of diverse facets of expertise. Anyone interested in the subject will want to own this volume.'

Henry L. Roediger, III - James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Washington University, St. Louis

'Expertise is a multifaceted phenomenon. And this volume mobilizes an interdisciplinary team of world-class scholars to craft just the right lenses for bringing the unifying themes into focus. Odd though it sounds, it is possible to be an expert on expertise.'

Philip E. Tetlock - Annenberg University Professor, University of Pennsylvania and author of Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?

'A truly remarkable achievement, from the original expert on expertise: a deep, wide, and impressively complete look at the science of human excellence. If you’re interested in understanding what creates great performance, you will find no better resource than this book.'

Dan Coyle - author of The Talent Code and The Culture Code

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