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Your move: The effect of chess on mathematics test scores

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Your move: The effect of chess on mathematics test scores. / Rosholm, Michael; Mikkelsen, Mai Bjørnskov; Gumede, Kamilla Trille.

In: PLOS ONE, Vol. 12, No. 5, e0177257, 11.05.2017.

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Rosholm M, Mikkelsen MB, Gumede KT. Your move: The effect of chess on mathematics test scores. PLOS ONE. 2017 May 11;12(5). e0177257. Available from, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177257

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Rosholm, Michael; Mikkelsen, Mai Bjørnskov; Gumede, Kamilla Trille / Your move: The effect of chess on mathematics test scores.

In: PLOS ONE, Vol. 12, No. 5, e0177257, 11.05.2017.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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