# Expert and amateur pianists were compared in a study Maintaining Excellence: Deliberate Practice and Elite Performance in Young and Older

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Expert and amateur pianists were compared in a study “Maintaining Excellence: Deliberate Practice and Elite Performance in Young and Older Pianists” (J. Exp. Psychol. Gen. 1996: 331–340). The researchers used a keyboard that allowed measurement of the force applied by a pianist in striking a key. All 48 pianists played Prelude Number 1 from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. For 24 amateur pianists the mean force applied was 74.5 with standard deviation 6.29, and for 24 expert pianists the mean force was 81.8 with standard deviation 8.64. Do expert pianists hit the keys harder? Assuming normally distributed data, state and test the relevant hypotheses, and interpret the results.

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## Modern Mathematical Statistics With Applications

**ISBN:** 9783030551551

3rd Edition

**Authors:** Jay L. Devore, Kenneth N. Berk, Matthew A. Carlton

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**10**- Inferences Based on Two Samples

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