Aquisição e Processamento de Sinais de Eletroencefalografia para Mapeamento Cerebral Cognitivo em Problemas de Xadrez (EEG acquisition and processing for cognitive brain mapping during chess problem solving)

Fábio Theoto Rocha (, Roberto Gonçalves de Magalhães Junior (, Thomás Oliveira Horta (, Fábio Henrique Gonçalves César (, David Maurice D'Israel1, Wilson da Silva (, Carlos Eduardo Thomaz (

1Xeque & Mate Empreendimentos
2Instituto Superior de Educação Nossa Senhora Sion
3Fundação Educacional Inaciana

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: March 2016
Volume: 14,   Issue: 3 
ISSN: 1548-0992

Owing to its compact and controlled environment, chess has provided in the last few decades a fruitful domain for fundamental questions about human reasoning and promoted the development of several research papers in different areas of scientific knowledge. This paper describes and implements a computational framework for acquiring and processing electroencephalography signals of players with different levels of experience with the goal of identifying distinct patterns of cognitive brain mapping during specific well-known chess problems. Our experimental results have showed a neural organisation consistent with the activity performed by the sample groups of volunteers who took part in this study, highlighting discriminant differences in cortical brain areas between beginners and specialists ranked by their proficiency levels. We believe that such information would be helpful for the formulation of more efficient methodologies to teaching and learning chess.

Index Terms:
Electroencephalografy, brain mapping, chess problems, signal processing   

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