Practice Makes Perfect - But How Exactly?

How does an athlete become a world champion, a musician a virtuoso, or a chess player a grandmaster? Does it depend on talent, practice, motivation, or mental strength? Or on the right combination of these components? Professor Franzis Preckel and Professor Michael Schneider investigate these questions in a new study. The researchers from Trier University are looking for persons who practice something as a hobby, for example, a foreign language, a game, an instrument, a type of sports, repairing old motorcycles, or growing roses.

The study requires a high number of participants who cover wide ranges of practice domains and competence levels and who come from all parts of the world. The participants complete an online questionnaire about what they practice and how they practice. This takes less than 15 minutes. Participants get a visualization of their own practice profile which they can compare to anonymous data from other participants from the same practice domain. They also get the chance to participate in a raffle to win one of several gift cards worth 100 Euro each.

The study results and publications will be posted on this website so that the participants can stay informed about the findings.

Start the online questionnaire here: