Unformatted text preview: In The News 12/3/07 US News and World Report Chimps Top Humans in Number Recall
They beat out college students in tests involving
digits 1 through 9, scientists say. The chimps and humans were briefly shown various
numbers from 1 to 9 on a touch screen monitor.
The numbers were then replaced with blank
squares. The chimps and humans had to remember
which number appeared in which location and touch
the squares in the appropriate sequence. 5 year old chimps do better than adult chimps or
university students. The young chimps‘ skill in remembering numbers is
reminiscent of "photographic memory," the ability
to retain a detailed and accurate imoge of a
complex scene or pattern, Matsuzawa said. This is
known to be present in some human children, but
then declines as they age. ...
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