Expertise research by Rubik's cube

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Date: Sept. 2018
From: Indian Journal of Community Psychology(Vol. 14, Issue 2)
Publisher: Community Psychology Association of India
Document Type: Report
Length: 4,896 words
Lexile Measure: 1410L

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In expertise research literature, chess was considered to be the best suited model of expertise research. Chess without an opponent is unimaginable. Unfortunately that's makes this model confounded. Hence, demands a new model having similar characteristics like chess, with least confounding aspects. Rubik's cube can be an alternative model for expertise research, having similar characteristics not only in psychological aspects but also in mathematical aspects too. Thus, the researchers from wide range of discipline can use Rubik's cube as a model to vindicate mysteries of experts' performance and expertise. However, in Rubik's cube solving skills, we found significant evidence for the difference in observation time (OT) and solving time (ST) between experts and novices of Rubik's cube, in a group of Rubik's cube players (n = 25, 10 experts and 15 novices). That showed, the experts exceed novices in solving cubes. Whereas, novices have higher OT than the experts, which signifies that they need more time to understand the problem space due to lacking the efficient encoding, and searching skills, leads to low solving speed. To the best of our knowledge, this study is in its kind to challenge the model of chess as well as to understand more about the expertise of Rubik's cube. We believe it is too early to say anything more about Rubik's cube expertise in. Keywords: Rubik's cube, expertise research

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