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Title: Visuo-spatial abilities in chess players
Authors: Waters, A
Gobet, F
Leyden, G
Keywords: Expertise
Chess
Individual differences
Children
Psychometric test
Intelligence
IQ
Visuo-spatial ability
Visuo-spatial
Visual memory
Skill
Deliberate practice
Ericsson
Skill acquisition
ETS kit of factor-referenced cognitive tests
Lynn
Frydman
Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: British Journal of Psychology
Citation: British Journal of Psychology, 30: 303-311
Abstract: The extent to which the acquisition of expertise in knowledge-rich domains, such as chess, can be influenced by general individual characteristics, such as intelligence, has remained unclear. Some previous studies with children have documented significant correlations between chess skill and performance on some psychometric tests, such as performance IQ (Frydman & Lynn, 1992). However, we found no evidence for a correlation between chess skill and visual memory ability in a group of adult chess players (n=36, age = 28.4). This finding, together with other data in the literature, suggests that there is surprisingly little evidence that chess skill and visuo-spatial ability are associated in adults. Thus, visual memory ability, and perhaps visuo-spatial intelligence, may be relatively unimportant factors in the long-term acquisition of chess skill.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/805
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/000712602761381402
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Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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