Gifted Research

These are the highlights of gifted research that are emerging as we watch! When relevant, we also cross-post to other resources pages by population. If you see something missing, please let us know!


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Personality differences in gifted versus non-gifted individuals: A three-level meta-analysis. November 2021. Takeaway: Gifted people are more open to new experiences. 


Sleep characteristics and socio-emotional functioning of gifted children. August 2021. Takeaway: Gifted children are more likely than peers to experience sleep difficulties. However, Sleep behaviors and handedness in gifted and non-gifted children (Sept 2021) did not find significant differences in sleep patterns between gifted and non-gifted children. 

What Makes for a "Gifted" Education? Exploring How Participation in Gifted Programs Affects Students' Learning Environments. August 2021.  Takeaway: participation in gifted programs increases access to advanced courses, high-achieving peers, smaller classrooms, and more qualified teachers.

Scientific imagination of gifted and non-gifted middle school students. 2021. Takeaway: Gifted students had higher scientific imagination. 

A meta-analytic review of emotional intelligence in gifted individuals: A multilevel analysis. March 2021. Takeaway from the findings: "gifted individuals tended to be more emotionally intelligent when emotional intelligence is measured based on ability, but not trait models."

Academic acceleration in gifted youth and fruitless concerns regarding psychological well-being: A 35-year longitudinal study. 2021. Takeaway: Academic acceleration does not have negative outcomes on children's long-term psychological wellbeing.


Spatially gifted, academically inconvenienced: Spatially talented students experience less academic engagement and more behavioural issues than other talented students. 2020. Takeaway: Spatially gifted students were not identified easily and had greater academic challenges; tailored interventions are needed for these students.