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Season of birth and chess expertise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18335581     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The origin of talent and expertise is currently the subject of intense debate, with explanations ranging from purely biological to purely environmental. This report shows that the population of expert chess players in the northern hemisphere shows a seasonal pattern, with an excess of births in late winter and early spring. This effect remains when taking into account the distribution of births in the population at large, using statistics from the European Union member countries. A similar pattern has been found with schizophrenia, and the possible link between these two phenomena is discussed.
Fernand Gobet; Philippe Chassy
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biosocial science     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0021-9320     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biosoc Sci     Publication Date:  2008 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-11     Completed Date:  2008-04-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0177346     Medline TA:  J Biosoc Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  313-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for the Study of Expertise, Centre for Cognition and NeuroImaging, Brunel University, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Rate*
Competitive Behavior*
Pilot Projects
Time Factors

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