Why I study...Geniuses

Michael J.A. Howe
WHEN a journalist recently asked me to account for my interest in geniuses, all I could think to say was ‘They are just fascinating: doesn’t everyone find geniuses interesting?’ On reflection, I think I can give a better answer. My starting point was a broader desire to understand how individuals grow into the particular adults they eventually become. That’s never going to be easy, of course, and it is hardly surprising that most psychologists studying human development have chosen to pursue other issues.

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