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18Dec/070

Monkeys can impress their friends with mental Math

In case it's not enough that young chimps have better numerical memory than adult humans it now seems that monkeys can perhaps impress their friends with mental Math tricks. A new study shows that monkeys can do mental Math. The article states:

"Rhesus macaque monkeys performed nearly as well as college students at quick mental addition, researchers reported Monday, adding to the evidence that non-verbal math skills are not unique to humans."

The competition involved two sets of dots that flashed briefly onto a computer screen. The humans and the monkeys had to mentally determine the sum of the two sets of dots and pick the right answer on a different screen.

The humans won this time. Whew!