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December 6th, 2007

maybe if they had a better reward... @ 08:56 am

Several news reports lately have been talking about a study in Japan showing chimps have better short-term memory than humans. Seems to me the test wasn't quite fair, though.

The chimp was rewarded with a peanut every time he hit the numbers in the right order, and in one clip was munching on a handful of them while working the puzzles with his other hand. The human, on the other hand, didn't seem to get any reward at all so she didn't really have any incentive. Maybe if the machine spat out M&Ms she would have been more focused. Would've worked for me.
 
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From:brennamor
Date:December 6th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)

M & Ms always work for me too

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Actually I prefer the new dark chocolate M&Ms with peanuts. And I would have shared them with the monkey too. I swear! ;D

At least they admitted that youth has an advantage in this type of activity. I also think humans have more "stuff" running around their brains (which probably accounts for all the ADD & ADHD cases being diagnosed over the last 15 or so years). We just can't quiet our brains enough to focus on something like this. Or at least that's my $.02
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From:luci_zain
Date:December 10th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)

Re: M & Ms always work for me too

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Dark chocolate peanut M&Ms????

Sigh.

Luci
From:brennamor
Date:December 10th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)

Re: M & Ms always work for me too

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Yup dark chocolate peanut M&Ms. They're relatively new and it's only recently that I'm seeing them in different stores. But if you like dark chocolate - they're very tasty.

And they've come out with a new dark chocolate Snickers bar too. I guess if you have a dark chocolate Milky Way (called Milky Way Midnight). Mmmm - these companies are in a conspiracy to increase my waistline.
From:nutty_knitter
Date:December 6th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
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I tend to agree, it's a focus thing. It's like when I cast on a project and need to watch tv or a movie. Or when I'm reading a novel and I need to knit a sock. My brain needs to have more than one thing going to pay attention to anything, without a movie knitting is distracted and full of mistakes, without a sock a book gets closed after half a page.
I dont need a reward, just a method to "focus" my brain is too busy to do only one thing at a time.

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