In my research I aim to examine the complex and dynamic nature of excellence development in sports, music, and mathematics from a biographical, life story perspective.
Retrospective, longitudinal studies on talent development usually examine certain variables at specific time points and not the whole biography. In my research project, I assume that these longitudinal studies depict only one part of the picture. With these methodological designs, one cannot capture the factors that high-achieving individuals themselves retrospectively consider as relevant for their own development. As a result, one highly fruitful source for talent/giftedness research, namely the high-achievers’ own construal of relevant parameters for their success, is basically neglected.
I am particularly interested in investigating the impact of significant life events on the developmental pathways of high-achieving individuals.
Being a member of the LEAD Graduate School enriches my research through offering a unique interdisciplinary and international research environment. In the same way, I am confident that I can make a valuable contribution to LEAD’s innovative research due to my interdisciplinary academic background.