Chess is a game that involves many aspects of high level cognition and requires sophisticated problem solving skills. However, there is little understanding of the neural basis of chess cognition. This study employed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify cortical areas that are active during the analysis of chess positions compared with a spatial task with matched visual stimuli. Bilateral activation was revealed in the superior frontal lobes, the parietal lobes, and occipital lobes. Some small areas of activation were observed unilaterally in the left hemisphere. The left hemisphere showed more activation than the right. Results are discussed in relation to a similar brain imaging study on the game Go.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Cognitive Brain Research|
|State||Published - Mar 2003|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research is supported by grant MH55346 to XH and a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship and a McKnight–Land grant professorship to SH.
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Neural processing