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Study: Chimps Have Better Short-Term Memory Than Humans

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Boston — Chimpanzees may have more smarts than humans, at least regarding short-term memories, new research suggests.

A Japanese researcher presented a video showing the remarkable abilities of a chimpanzee named Ayumu, here at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Thursday (Feb. 14). When the numbers 1 through 9 appeared randomly on a screen and then disappeared, the chimpanzee was able to recall the exact sequence and location of each number. Ayumu has also learnt numbers 1 through 19 and is able to touch each one in ascending order, which hasn't been shown before, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a researcher at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute, told Livescience.

As Matsuzawa showed the video to a room of scientists and journalists, murmurs of amazement were heard. "Don't worry, nobody can do it," Matsuzawa said, with an almost mischievous smile. "It's impossible for you."

A select few humans have such abilities, but these are typically people with savant syndrome, which is accompanied by severe mental disabilities; it's simply beyond the powers of an ordinary human, Matsuzawa said. On the other hand, six out of six chimpanzees tested could rapidly remember the location and order of nine digits, he said. [8 Amazing Non-Human Primate Abilities]

This incredible short-term (or "working") memory helps chimpanzees survive in the wild, where they often must make rapid and complex decisions. Working memory is an active form of short-term memory, a mental workspace that allows the brain to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously.

For chimps, the amazing working memory likely helps the animals navigate the branches of huge trees to feed, for example, or decide what to do when competing groups of animals are threatening one another, he said.

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Short-term memory is more useful for your immediate survival.

Chimps and other animals don't have to worry about RSP, wealth management, succession planning or thinking about consequences of their actions.

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Short-term memory is more useful for your immediate survival.

Chimps and other animals don't have to worry about RSP, wealth management, succession planning or thinking about consequences of their actions.

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Ridiculous claim, the study was obviously flawed and the reason would be.................

Where was I?

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'A select few humans have such abilities, but these are typically people with savant syndrome, which is accompanied by severe mental disabilities'

it's a primitive mind, we do not need short term memory so much, and looking around not many have long term either.

The worst is remembering where I put the remote 10 minutes earlier. Have you ever walked into the kitchen with the remote put it down grabbed a drink then 10 minutes wonder where the remote is? I've found it in the fridge before. lol.

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The real question is: If humans evolved from monkey's then why are there still monkey's?

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The real question is: If humans evolved from monkey's then why are there still monkey's?

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I'm pretty sure Bonzo used to help Ronnie with his lines....

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I'm pretty sure Bonzo used to help Ronnie with his lines....

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Or TSN's James Duthie getting help in analyzing the play-off match-ups from Maggie the monkey???

James-Duthie-TSN-and-Maggie-the-Monkey-300x209.jpg

BTW that is Duthie on the right in the photo.

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