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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:15am - 12:00pm
Does Playing chess improve cognitive abilities?

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Chess is a world-renowned board game, that involves strategic ability to overcome an opponent, and is often considered a battle of intellect. There is evidence to suggest that chess positively impacts upon your brain’s ability to retain information or to think critically about a specific subject. Even in popular culture there are many depictions that indicate that chess boasts intelligence, such as a recurring scene in X-men where the two main characters, who are portrayed as the most intelligent, are discussing their strategies over a game of chess. Chess was also used as propaganda by the Russians against the U.S. in the Cold War, claiming to have superior intelligence due to their brilliant chess players. Whether it be in a laboratory or in movies, chess’ influence on the brain and in the world has shown to be great. But does this really affect your brain? Is the game in any way helpful in allowing you to learn faster? Here we explore published studies to investigate whether chess has been shown to assist people in school.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:15am - 12:00pm
Wilma Sherrill Center - Concourse

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