When It Comes to Success, Age Really Is Just a Number

11/3/2016 - Distinguished Professor of Psychology Dean Simonton in the New York Times.

For years, scientists who study achievement have noted that in many fields the most electrifying work comes earlier in life rather than later. After all, younger people can devote their life to a project in a way that more senior people cannot, and young stars attract support, mentors and prestigious appointments.


“It’s very impressive, what they’ve done, the size of the sample,” said Dean Simonton, a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis, who did not contribute to the study. “I have looked at the upper end of achievement; they have gone bottom-up, and found similar results” applying to an entire profession, he said.

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