BrainWaves #92 10,000 hours
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MedLink Neurology Podcast
BrainWaves #92 10,000 hours
Jan 22, 2024 Season 1 Episode 92
MedLink Neurology

MedLink Neurology Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.


Originally released: January 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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