15 07 12 - 16:03
Lucky for these despairing types, the prevailing wisdom suggests that such comparisons are unfair â prodigies are born, not made (mostly). Practice alone isnât going to turn out the next 6-year-old Mozart.
Surprisingly, however, the study found that not all of the prodigies had high IQs. Indeed, while they had higher-than-average intelligence, some didnât have IQs that were as elevated as their performance and early achievements would suggest. One child had an IQ of just 108, at the high end of normal.
There was something else striking too. The authors found that prodigies scored high in autistic traits, most notably in their ferocious attention to detail. They scored even higher on this trait than did people diagnosed with Aspergerâs syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism that typically includes obsession with details.
Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/10/what-child-prodigies-and-autistic-people-have-in-common/#ixzz20jdX9pev
Seems like there's a little re-defining of "prodigy" here to make IQ fit into the egalitarian spectrum, but otherwise probably accurate: obsessive people with great drive and natural talent tend to succeed.