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Longitudinal studies are a mixed blessing for any up-and-coming researcher. You have to wait so long that the world seems to pass you by, and when you finally publish, your results are often drowned out by more fashionable controversies. Worse, you might die before you actually get any interesting results. Yet, if you can last the course, you get the last laugh, because the long view of human development is the most informative, since each person is their historical control. The cross-sectional dross is revealed to be a mess of confounding variables. The true strong light is longitude.

Below is a short video about the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, now 45 years old. It is a university production, with an upbeat American tone. If that proves too much for you, watch a Scandinavian murder mystery instead.

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  1. dearieme says:

    “If that proves too much for you, …” It’s spoken stuff and therefore too slow for me. Also it has some horrible muzak playing at the beginning which requires me to abandon it. But thank you for the thought.

  2. The video has exactly the same problem for me now as my tedious math classes had for me when I was a mathematically precocious youth. The signal to noise ratio is extremely small.

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  3. res says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    It worked pretty well for me to read iSteve while having the video playing off to the side.

    Around 10 minutes there was an interesting bit about women in STEM.

    Another approach is to turn on automatically generated subtitles then read the transcript.

    The time might be better spent looking at the Wikipedia article and following references from there, but I did enjoy seeing the people involved and getting some idea of their background.

    Another possibility is to search for SMPY and TIP references on Dr. Thompson and Steve Hsu’s blogs.

  4. The Scalpel says: • Website

    A lot of fluff, not much real data. I will check the wikipedia article – hopefully beter

  5. botazefa says:

    Seeing people comment that there’s not much new in the video. What is somewhat new is the idea that gifted children shouldn’t be left to their own boredom and are legally entitled to equality in education.

    I’m bookmarking the video for me to share with people who just don’t get it, but who are trainable.

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