Chess Makes You Smarter


What cognitive neuroscience has to say about chess. Merim Bilalic, a member of the German researchers team from the cognitive psychology department of the University of Tübingen, stated in an interview that the experts’ brains handled the chess tasks quite remarkably compared to that of the novices. The study inferred that expertise is an acquired–and not an innate–skill. It drew a very sobering message: constant exposure to the game cultivates intellectual adeptness.

According to studies performed in various institutional settings, the game of chess has shown to yield a number of cognitive benefits in children and elderly alike. Here are some of them*:

  • Chess boosts brain power in kids
  • Chess improves IQ.
  • Chess enhances arithmetical skills
  • Chess hones verbal skills
  • Chess sharpens critical thinking skills
  • Chess boosts emotional intelligence and psycho-social skills
  • Chess preserves mental acuity in the elderly

Apart from its scientific and cognitive effects, its political, historic, and cultural aspects of chess will be tackled as well.

(*Resource: Examined Existence. Does Playing Chess Make You Smarter?)

This video was made during the Chess Workshop conducted by Shonda Westbrook at the West Preparatory Academy in Harlem, New York City.

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, the organization behind this after school program at the “West Prep,” has been founded in Brooklyn 20 years ago. Reel Works serves over 800 youth annually from middle school through high school and beyond, developing them as young artists and citizens and helping them graduate, get into college, and launch careers in media. It’s a powerful combination that changes young lives while creating startling and original films that have been seen by millions of viewers worldwide.

This video have been created with Adobe Spark, a free and useful educational online and mobile graphic design app.