PGDA study examines the role of chess performance on cognition

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The Program on Global Demography of Aging at Harvard (PGDA) has launched a study examining the role of chess performance on cognitive ability. The Chess Cognition Study is led by PI David Canning.

The study is currently looking for volunteers to complete a virtual interview, which includes a series of cognition tests. Participants must be at least 50 years of age, a member of the United States Chess Federation (USCF), and must have played at least one rated game since January 1st, 2019. To learn more about eligibility, and to sign up as a volunteer, visit the Chess Cognition Study webpage.

Read about the research through a study participant’s experience at