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BrainWaves


Jan 4, 2018

You've probably heard of the 10,000-hour rule--or maybe the 10-year rule. The time it takes to master a skill. But what is the evidence for this, and was Malcolm Gladwell's interpretation of it (from his book, Outliers) correct? From mindfulness to memory palaces, this week we explore the neuroscience of expertise.

Produced by James E. Siegler. Music by Mozart, Brendan Kinsella, Jon Watts, Mike Durek, and Lee Rosevere. Voiceover by David Manly. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision making.

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