Focussing on Overexcitabilities: Studies with Intellectually Gifted and Academically Talented Adults

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Focussing on Overexcitabilities: Studies with Intellectually Gifted and Academically Talented Adults

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The concept of ‘‘overexcitability’’ has recently become popular within the field of giftedness and talent research. Some authors argue that overexcitability questionnaires can be used to identify gifted/talented individuals. A sample of intellectually gifted adults (n = 96; mean age: 31.4; SD = 0.3) was compared to a sample of adults of average intelligence (n = 91; mean age: 31.4; SD = 0.4). Additionally, a sample of 123 high achievers (mean age = 30.5; SD = 0.3) was compared to 97 average achievers (mean age: 30.5; SD = 0.3). The ‘‘Overexcitability Questionnaire-Two’’ was used to assess emotional, imaginational, intellectual, psychomotor, and sensual overexcitability. The gifted adults scored statistically significantly higher on ‘‘intellectual overexcitability’’ (d = .42). High and average achievers differed statistically significantly in ‘‘intellectual overexcitability’’ (d = .56) and ‘‘sensual overexcitability’’ (d = .32). For the giftedness sample, the accuracy of group membership prediction (gifted/non-gifted) via discriminant analyses was 60.4%. For the performance sample, the accuracy was 63.4%. The observed differences in the overexcitabilities were small; the risk of misclassification is too big to attempt to identify gifted or high achieving adults solely on the basis of overexcitability scores.

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2011

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English

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Wirthwein, L., & Rost, D. H. (2011). Focussing on overexcitabilities: Studies with intellectually gifted and academically talented adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 337-342.

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“Focussing on Overexcitabilities: Studies with Intellectually Gifted and Academically Talented Adults,” TPD Archive , accessed September 21, 2018, http://christianewells.com/items/show/102.

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