Friday, May 02, 2008
My brilliant brain.
At the moment I'm reconsidering the use of Chess Tempo as a means to improve my scanning skills. On the one hand the problems are rather simple, on the other hand it is obvious that my scanning skills leave a lot to be desired, even with simple problems. I rewatched this video from National Geographic about Susan Polgar for the 4th time. She undergoes a fMRI-scan by prof. Joy Hirsch from the New York Neurological institute (around 40th minute).
Susan is presented with chesspositions from her youth and has to treat them as a normal chessposition, and she has to think about the next move. Prof. Hirsch shows that Susan has hijacked here fusiform face area (FFA) in her brain , which is commonly used to process face recognition. Susans FFA processes chess positions too. A chess position is checked against an internal database in about 0.8 seconds.
To me this suggests that pictures are important. I take great pains to see the input-output (see previous post) of a chessposition as a picture.
When I'm solving the problems of Chess Tempo then I often can solve them in 10-30 seconds when they are simple. From time to time I recognize a position "immediately", that is to say in under 3 seconds or so. Are those processed by my FFA and is that the way to go?