Characteristics of Gifted Youth

Duke TIP has conducted extensive research into the characteristics of academically talented youth in our educational programs, investigating how they spend their time, their social interactions and behavior, cognitive development, and much more. This information is helping educators and parents understand the needs of academically talented students. 

Sample publications

Olszewski-Kubilius, P., Makel, M. C., Plucker, J. A., Subotnik, R. F. (2017). Universal principles of learning require unique applications for gifted students. Canadian Psychology, 58, 271-275. doi: 10.1037/cap0000118

Peters, S. J., Matthews, M. T., Rambo-Hernandez, K., Makel, M. C., & Plucker, J. A. (2017). Should millions of students take a gap year? Large numbers of students start the school year above grade level. Gifted Child Quarterly, 61, 229-238. doi: 10.1177/0016986217701834

Plucker, J. A., Rinn, A. N., & Makel, M. C. (Eds.) (2017). From Giftedness to Gifted Education: Reflecting Theory in Practices. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Zabaneh, D., Krapohl, E., Gaspar, H. A., Curtis, C., Lee, S. H., Patel, H., … & Breen, G. (2017). A genome-wide association study for extremely high intelligence. Molecular Psychiatry, 1-7.

Zabaneh, D., Krapohl, E., Simpson, M. A., Miller, M. B., Iacono, W. G., McGue, M., … & Breen, G. (2017). Fine mapping genetic associations between HLA region and extremely high intelligence. Scientific Reports, 7, 41182. DOI: 10.1038/srep41182

Gaultney, J.F., Bjorklund, D.F., and Goldstein, D. (1996). To be young, gifted, and strategic: Advantages for memory performance. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 61, 43-66.

Jarosewich, T., and Stocking, V. B. (2003). Medication and counseling histories of gifted students in a summer residential program. The Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, 14, 91-99.

Luthar, S.S., Zigler, E., and Goldstein, D. (1992). Psychosocial adjustment among intellectually gifted adolescents: The role of cognitive-developmental and experiential factors. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 33, 361-375. 

Makel, M.C., Li, Y., Putallaz, M., & Wai, J. (2011). High-ability students' time spent outside the classroom. Journal of Advanced Academics, 22, 720-749. 

Makel, M. C., Snyder, K., Thomas, C., Malone, P., & Putallaz, M. (2015). Gifted students’ implicit beliefs about intelligence and giftedness, Gifted Child Quarterly, 59, 203-121.

Makel, M. C., Wai, J., Putallaz, M., & Malone, P. S. (2015). The academic gap: An international comparison of the time allocation of academically talented students. Gifted Child Quarterly, 59, 177-189.

Matthews, M.S. (2004). Leadership education for gifted and talented youth: A review of the literature. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 28, 77-113.

Matthews, P. H., and Matthews, M. S. (2004). Heritage language instruction and giftedness in language minority students: Pathways toward success. The Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, 15, 50-55.

Mayer, J.D., Caruso, D.R., Zigler, E., Dreyden, J. (1989). Intelligence and intelligence-related personality traits. Intelligence. 13, 119-133.

Miller, D., & Wai, J. (2015). The bachelor's to PhD STEM pipeline no longer leaks more women than men: A 30-year analysis. Frontiers in Psychology: Developmental, 6, 37.

Peairs, K.F., Eichen, D., Putallaz, M., Costanzo, P. R., and Grimes, C. L. (2011). Academic giftedness and alcohol use in early adolescence. Gifted Child Quarterly, 55, 95-110.

Spain, S.L., Pedroso, I., Kadeva, N., Miller, M.B., Iacono, W.G., McGue, M., Stergiakouli, E., Smith, G.D., Putallaz, M., Lubinski, D., Meaburn, E.L., Plomin, R. & Simpson, M.A.  (2015). A genome-wide analysis of putative functional and exonic variation associated with extremely high intelligence, Molecular Psychiatry, 1-7.

Wiley, J., and Goldstein, D. (1991). Sex, handedness and allergy: Are they related to academic giftedness? Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 14, 412-422.