PGDA study examines the role of chess performance on cognition

Image of brain with chess pieces inside

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…

Follow-up: Results of first round of COVID-19 survey released


Professors David Bloom and David Canning, along with Rashmi Dayalu (all associated with the Program on Global Demography of Aging (PGDA) at Harvard, and Boston University Assistant Professor Mahesh Karra, have released the results of the first round of their survey focused on social distancing behavior and COVID-19 symptoms. Are older people practicing social distancing more than younger people? Do some symptoms influence behavior more than others? See the results…

How does female literacy, under-5 mortality rate, and poverty level influence declining fertility rates in India?

Harvard Pop Center researchers, including visiting scientist Sanjay K. Mohanty, PhD, faculty member Gunther Fink, PhD, and associate director David Canning, PhD, have produced a PGDA working paper that explores the distal determinants of fertility decline across 640 Indian districts.