Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Finding matching socks in the dark
What color do these socks have?
I have done a lot of research the past days about the working of the human (and rat-) memory. That convinced me of the following:
We amateurs must indeed fill our procedural memory with patterns. This has to be done by repetition. No matter how a grandmaster has done this in his youth.
Scientists admit that they have no idea why the results of the study of a grandmaster are comitted to LTM while that of amateurs are not. So we are on our own here.
I have reviewed all my old sessions at CTS during the past week. I use the "method J'adoube" for revision. In the mean time I did research on a hierarchy in patterns. I have not yet results that I can formulate, but it is a very interesting area.
I (never start with "I" for the third time, that's impolite) noticed a strange effect during the revision of problems. A problem at CTS starts with 6 seconds silence, then the computer does a move, then 3 seconds silence again and then my clock starts ticking. The first time I see a problem, I have trouble to see anything at all during the 9 seconds total silence before my clock starts ticking. Those seconds are gone with the blink of an eye. I certainly doesn't have the fast hawk eyes that Mousetrapper describes. I tend to start my investigation of a new position at the beginning, that is to say, by Adam and Eve. . .
When I repeat the problem for the 5th time however, I have time aplenty the first 6 seconds. I can finish my paper, eat a muffin, drink my coffee (yawn) before the computer makes its move. This different experience of the flow of time is just amazing.