Are good habits the key to success? A fascinating NY Times article looks at the brain wave patterns of expert vs. beginner chess and shogi (similar to chess) players.


In essence, what sets them apart is pattern recognition. Two areas of the professionals’ brains were excited consistently: the precuneus, where perception and high-level thinking occur (makes sense), and the caudate nucleus, thought to be responsible for forming habits and “goal directed behavior” — this was the surprise finding. It seems that professionals are great “by habit” (vs. nature) and make decisions almost unconsciously when driven by goals.

Take three minutes and read the article. It’s worth a look.