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Matthew C. Makel

Director of Research, Duke University

As a society, we care deeply about allowing talented people to flourish. Dr. Makel's research examines the nature and development of the abilities, perceptions, and environments of academically talented youth to better understand the factors that lead to the expression of talent. He also seeks to communicate research findings to non-researchers. To this end, he serves as editor of the Talent Identification Program's Digest of Research, a publication dedicated to providing practical research-based information about raising and educating academically talented youth.


  • –present
    Gifted Education Research Specialist, Duke University


  • 2008 
    Indiana University, PhD
  • 2005 
    Cornell University, MA
  • 2002 
    Duke University, BA


  • 2015
    Gifted students’ implicit beliefs about intelligence and giftedness, Gifted Child Quarterly
  • 2015
    The academic gap: An international comparison of the time allocation of academically talented students, Gifted Child Quarterly
  • 2014
    The empirical march: Making science better at self-correction, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
  • 2014
    Facts are more important than novelty: Replication in the education sciences, Educational Researcher
  • 2012
    Replications in psychology research: How often do they really occur?, Perspectives on Psychological Science
  • 2012
    Changing the pond, not the fish: Following high ability students across different educational environments., Journal of Educational Psychology
  • 2010
    High ability students’ time spent outside the classroom, Journal of Advanced Academics

Professional Memberships

  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • American Education Research Association