Subject Term: Skills Mastery

Arts, Education, the Brain, and Language

From the abstract:

This study uses neuroscientific methods to examine whether there are cognitive differences between performing arts and non-performing arts students and among students studying different performing arts, in particular between music students and theater students.

Is It Really Too Late to Learn New Skills?

From the article:

You missed your chance to be a prodigy, but there’s still growth left for grownups. The joys—and occasional embarrassments—of being a novice could be an antidote to the strain of being a perfectionist.””

A look at “Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning” by Tom Vanderbilt.

Does Creativity Decline with Age?

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This question has attracted scientific research for more than a century. In fact, the first empirical study of this issue was published in 1835. Thus, I can offer a confident answer: not quite! At least not if creativity is assessed by productivity or by making original and valuable contributions to fields such as science and art.

The Stages of Age : Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture

Although the mention of aging and old age all too often conjures notions of rigidity, decline, and invisibility, the very act of acting, of taking on a new role, can challenge and expand popular conceptions of later life. The first study of its kind, The Stages of Age looks at the aging actor and at aging as acting in a wide array of American performances that interrupt, transform, and underscore stereotypes of old age. Anne Davis Basting argues that advancing age is an essential category that should not be overlooked in discussions of identity and difference.