In the early 1970s researchers identified a large sample of U.S. 13-year-olds who were exceptionally talented in math—landing in the top 1 percent of mathematical reasoning scores on SAT tests. Forty years later those wunderkinder are now midcareer and have accomplished even more than expected, according to a recent follow-up survey. Researchers at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College published the update in the December 2014 issue of Psychological Science, writing: “For both males and females, mathematical precocity early in life predicts later creative contributions and leadership in critical occupational roles.”
Does Mathematical Ability Predict Career Success?
A study that has tracked students exceptional in math for 40 years checks their accomplishments
This article was originally published with the title "Does Mathematical Ability Predict Career Success?" in Scientific American 312, 2, 28 (February 2015)