Starsong (starsongky) wrote,
Starsong
starsongky

maybe if they had a better reward...

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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