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Title: Season of birth and chess expertise
Authors: Gobet, F
Chassy, P
Keywords: Talent
Expertise
Date of birth
Seasonality effect
Schizophrenia
Chess
Intelligence
Handedness
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Journal of Biosocial Science, 40(02): 313-316, Mar 2008
Abstract: The origin of talent and expertise is currently the subject of intense debate, with explanations ranging from purely biological to purely environmental. This report shows that the population of expert chess players in the north hemisphere shows a seasonal pattern, with an excess of births in late winter and early spring. This effect remains when taking into account the distribution of births in the population at large, using statistics from the European Union member countries. A similar pattern has been found with schizophrenia, and the possible link between these two phenomena is discussed.
URI: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JBS
http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/736
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