It's the last science post for a bit: Personality Profiles of Young Chess Players
("The present study provides, for the first time, a glimpse at the personality of children who are likely to take up chess. Children who are less sensitive towards others, more prone to arguing and less to avoiding conflicts (Agreeableness), more energetic (Energy/extraversion) and more open to new experience (Intellect/openness) are more likely to be attracted to the game of chess. Given the competitive and aggressive side of chess (e.g., Mazur et al., 1992), the finding that children who score lower on Agreeableness are more likely to start chess seems reasonable. Chess is a game of constant conflicts where each side tries to overwhelm and out hustle the other. This aggressive component may also be one of the reasons for the gender differences in the participation rates. The competitive component of chess may be more appealing to boys than girls, even right at the start.")
Let me just say that by publishing these studies, I'm not necessarily saying I agree with them (whatever "agreeing with the results of a scientific study" means, maybe it means accepting the constructs and methodology?) I think they are interesting and I thought you would enjoy them. Obviously, I am on some level sympathetic to the idea expressed, or else I find it funny, but it's not like the voice speaking is mine.
In other news, I signed up for an introductory photography class on Tuesday evenings 6-8 pm December -February. And I'm playing against Andrew Ng on board three (!) for Queens tomorrow. I am 4-0 in getting the black pieces in USCL games. (I am 0-3 in the actual games.)