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2011-01-21 05:55:00

Researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have discovered evidence that professional players of a chesslike board game known as shogi have brains that show marked activity in two areas that are less active in amateur players. The professional players use different parts of their brains, the researchers said, which maximize intuition, goal-seeking and pattern-recognition. The scientists used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to compare the brain activity of amateur and...

2011-01-21 00:00:50

New findings reported this week in Science by researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI) shed first-ever light on the neural mechanisms that enable board game experts to quickly generate optimal moves. Results identify specific brain regions involved in granting shogi masters their superior skill, offering insights into the neural origins of expert intuition. (PRWeb UK) January 20, 2011 What makes experts different from the rest of us? Over the past century, this question has...

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Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'