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The Effect of Chess Training on the Development of Cognitive Abilities


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Jelovica, Vatroslav. (2012). The Effect of Chess Training on the Development of Cognitive Abilities. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Bratko, Denis].

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The aim of this study was to determine whether systematic chess training could influence the development of elementary school pupils’ cognitive abilities. Some earlier authors have found an improvement in visuospatial abilities, numerical skills, general intelligence and other abilities after introducing chess training. 51 second and third grade pupils from two elementary schools in the city of Zagreb participated in the study. The experimental group (N=21) was formed of pupils who enrolled in chess course as an extracurricular activity for the first time in school year 2008/2009, and the control group was formed of their classmates who did not study chess. Data was collected twice during one and a half years, using Identical Pictures Test and Card Rotations Test from the French Kit (French, Ekstrom and Price, 1963) and tasks for measuring short-term memory and working memory. The results showed that the experimental group did not show statistically significant improvement over the control group in the second measuring compared to the first, although the differences between the two groups had increased in the second measuring.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: chess, cognitive abilities, longitudinal design
Subjects: Psychology > Kognitivna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Bratko, Denis
Date Deposited: 06 May 2013 09:31
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 23:24

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