The Expert Curve
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The Expert Curve

How Experts Are Made

About the Book

How does a surgeon become proficient enough to operate on the heart of a living human? How did Serena Williams become the most accomplished tennis player ever? How can you perform with a level of skill that few other can achieve?

The Expert Curve is about how expertise is achieved. With a comprehensive look into the science behind expertise, talent, prodigies, and training, The Expert Curve lays out the current understanding of how people learn to operate at expert levels in their fields. It also goes over the tools and behaviors used by people to become experts, arming you with the best methods to achieve expertise yourself.

Based on the current understanding of the brain, innate talent, acquired skill, and the best training methods, The Expert Curve is a deep dive into why and how some people are able to achieve at the highest levels. Topics covered include:

  • What an expert actually is.
  • The differing kinds of expertise.
  • How the brain changes as expertise is acquired.
  • The role of talent in expertise.
  • Prodigies and savants.
  • Mental training tools.
  • The interplay of mastery and creativity.
  • Artificial intelligence and it role in the future of expertise.

The Expert Curve will both help you understand how others have become experts as well as help you on your own path to expertise.

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About the Author

Michael Keyes
Michael Keyes

Michael J. Keyes, MD is a prolific writer whose books include The Expert Curve, Mental Training for the Shotgun Sports, and Modern Bank Fishing. He is a top contributor to Quora, where his answers across a wide range of topics have more than 4M total views. He was previously an internationally competitive pistol shooter, physician to the US Olympic shooting team, and judge in the Olympics. An avid musician, he has studied Irish banjo under some of the world's top master players. By profession he is a psychiatrist who specializes in geriatric psychiatry and has a special focus on the mental health of military veterans.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • The Expert Curve
    • Summary
  • Introduction
  • What Is An Expert?
    • How We Define Expertise
    • Traits of Experts
    • All London Cab Drivers
    • Brains Change
    • Role of the Hippocampus
    • Brains Transform
    • Characteristics of Experts
    • Laymen vs. Experts
    • The Power of the Brain: Systems Engineering
    • Artificial Intelligence and the Brain
    • Patterns and Chunks
    • Social Context
    • Guilds
    • Novice vs. Expert Brains
    • The Human Brain
    • Performance and Performance Anxiety
    • Selection
    • Mentors
    • Knowledge
    • Skills
    • Practice
    • Summary
  • Talent
    • Deliberate Practice Model
    • Talent is Granular
    • Genotype vs. Phenotype
    • Talent and the Environment
    • Prodigies
    • Savants
    • Talent is a Continuum
    • When Talent is Discovered
    • Genetic Gifts
    • Hidden Talents
    • Uncommon Talents
    • Role of Talent
    • Summary
  • Mental Training Tools
    • Burnout
    • Stress and Reward
    • Why We Need Mental Tools
    • Relaxation
    • Visualization
    • Self Talk
    • Planning and Analysis
    • Summary
  • The Flow Experience
    • Summary
  • Mastery, Creativity and the Future of Expertise
    • Mastery
    • Creativity
    • The Future of Expertise
    • Summary
  • Putting It All Together
  • Notes

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