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Remembering where things are

Remembering where things are

Jun 20, 2012, 7:55 PM 1

(By popular demand, boasts are now moved to the end of this post).

First, I'm often criticized in real life for not putting things back into the refrigerator, and generally forgetting to put things back into place.  Does this happen to other chess players? 

Chess is attractive in that it is logically very complex, but the visual representation of it is abstract and simple.  In the real world I experience a much larger variety of visual information, but my eyes are actually very tolerant of visual noise.  The logic of the everyday world is uninteresting: put the objects into the refrigerator.  But mechanically I am nearly handicapped, as I constantly knock over half the things in the refrigerator while attempting to remove or replace something there.

The brain training site Lumosity, which is often advertised here on chess.com, has an exercise for remembering where to put things.  It shows a nature scene, then flashes a digit onto a square on the screen, and flashes a picture of a bird or several birds simultaneously.  Then you try to remember what happened.  When I tried this, I definitely felt my brain being activated in a good way. 

How is all this information connected?  What parts make sense to you or don't?  A fascinating thing about this to me is that people vary so much in their abilities to process sound, sight, and physical motion in different ways.

(To simply boast about my recent tremendous chess.com accomplishments (1000 Bright Minds win, Tactics Rating 1900) would be selfish, so I instead I will discuss very interesting thoughts about Remembering Where Things Are.)

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