Psychologists studied 5,000 genius kids for 45 years -here are their 6 key takeaways

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Psychologists studied 5,000 genius kids for 45 years -here are their 6 key takeaways

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Seth Wenig / Reuters

Follow thousands of super-bright kids for four and a half decades and you learn a thing or two about how to raise a high-achiever.

One of the biggest takeaways: Even kids with genius-level IQs need teachers to help them reach their full potential.

Since it began in 1971, the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) has tracked 5,000 of the smartest the children in America - the top 1%, 0.1%, and even 0.01% of all students. It is the longest-running study of gifted children in history.

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Here's what the study found.