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Wednesday, 5 March 2008, 12:00AM

Musical Talent and ability

Professor Glenn D Wilson

The measurement and origins of musical expertise - the extent to which it is due to an unfolding of innate potential versus training and application. We will also look at questions such as the role of teachers, what constitutes effective practice, and the differences between 'musical' and 'unmusical' performance.

This is the first part of the series of lectures, The Psychology of Performance.
For the second two parts of this series, please follow these links:
   Actors and Acting
   Fame and Celebrity

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Glenn D. Wilson is one of Britain's best-known psychologists. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programmes and has published more than 150 scientific articles and 33 books. He is an expert on individual differences; social and political attitudes; sexual behaviour, deviation and dysfunction; and psychology applied to the performing arts.

Not one to shy away from contention, his most recent books include: Born Gay: The Psychobiology of Sex Orientation, The Secret of Lasting Love and Psychology for Performing Artists.

He has lectured widely abroad, having been a guest of the Italian Cultural Association, and a visiting professor at California State University, Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, Stanford University, the University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada College.

Apart from being a professional psychologist, Dr Wilson trained as an opera singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and still undertakes professional engagements as an actor, singer and director.

Dr Wilson's series of lectures for 2010/11 will be The Psychology of Love and Sex. He has previously given lectures at Gresham College as the Visiting Gresham Professor of Psychology , where he has proven his skills as a popular and thought-provoking lecturer. His recent series of lectures include The Psychology of Mating and Dating and The Psychology of Performing Arts.

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5 March 2008

Musical Talent and ability
Professor Glenn D Wilson

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