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Children who develop remarkable skills at an early age are often knowns at prodigies, but what happens to these kids once they grow up?
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“ A study of 200 highly accomplished adults found that just 34 percent had been considered in any way precocious as children.”
“We think of precociousness as an early form of adult achievement, and, according to Gladwell, that concept is much of the problem. “What a gifted child is, in many ways, is a gifted learner. And what a gifted adult is, is a gifted doer. And those are quite separate domains of achievement.”’

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“a child prodigy—someone who achieves an extraordinary skill level at an unusually early age. People in this category are exceptionally rare, according to Ohio State University psychologist Joanne Ruthsatz, who studies child prodigies. One in 5 million children is considered a prodigy”
“Three common markers of a child prodigy are high IQ, extraordinary working memory and heightened attention to detail, according to Ruthsatz’s most recent study, which was accepted Jan. 7 by the scientific journal Intelligence. The connection between prodigies and people with autism is found in the way they store long-term memory.”

Genius and autism may share genetic link, study finds
“Ruthsatz and her colleagues from Ohio State University, as well as researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus looked at snippets of DNA from five child prodigies and their autistic family members. They found something similar on chromosome 1, the first of 46 chromosomes that humans typically possess.”

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