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very nice diary, Ted, thanks!

i wonder if there have been brainscans of chess masters, to study their mental architecture, to see if there are some conformities particular to this very refined skill. which lobes or hemisphere predominate, for example?

are chess masters possessed of greater memory power than other disciplines?

is there any other game or sport that requires similar attributes, such prolonged, disciplined, patiently focussed aggression?

plenty food for thought and still the vids to watch! too busy....

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 10:47:37 AM EST
To my knowledge there hasn't been a study of the top players.  Back in the 90s a US study used fMRI to look at the neural activity of chess players.  I don't know anymore that than.  A 2003 (?) US study used fMRI to look at novice chess players, I don't remember anything other than the obvious being reported.

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by ATinNM on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 01:01:40 PM EST
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very nice diary, Ted, thanks!

Thanks melo.


is there any other game or sport that requires similar attributes, such prolonged, disciplined, patiently focussed aggression?

Well, not a game or sport, but legal cross-examination comes to mind. M. Gladwell,(OK, I know he's a bad guy :-)) interviewed about his latest book, referred to a lawyer who is dyslexic and had developed a remarkable memory, so that in day six of a cross-examination he would say: "But what you said on day one contradicts what you just said."

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 04:09:40 PM EST
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