HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Monkeys Have Numerical Abilities, Two Columbia Psychologists Report

n intelligence.

Prof. Terrace is best known for Project Nim, in which he tried to teach a chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky to communicate with sign language. Nim, named for the philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky, was raised and socialized like a human infant in the mid-1970s. Nim appeared to learn American Sign Language, and eventually mastered a 125-sign vocabulary. However, Prof. Terrace was not convinced that the chimp had demonstrated the ability to create unique sentences, the hallmark of language. After analyzing more than 20,000 different combinations of signs produced by the animal, Prof. terrace concluded that Nim signed mainly to obtain particular rewards and that most of his signed combinations were unoriginal imitations of those uttered by his human teachers.

Ms. Brannon was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. studying the cognitive abilities of monkeys. She joined the Primate Cognition Laboratory because she saw the potential for using Prof. Terrace's serial task, which he developed to study the precursors of language in non-human primates, to ask questions about natural abilities that monkeys might use to represent their environment, such as counting. She was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to continue her experiments on monkey counting, the topic of her Ph.D. dissertation.

The work was supported by a grant to Prof. Terrace from the National Institutes of Mental Health.


'"/>

Contact: Bob Nelson, Office of Public Affairs
rjn2@columbia.edu
212-854-6580
Columbia University
23-Oct-1998


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Monkeys show sophisticated learning abilities
2. Monkeys that drink heavily develop signs of liver disease, Wake Forest study shows
3. Monkeys pay one another for work
4. DNA Vaccine 100 Percent Effective Against Rabies In Monkeys
5. Social Disruption Leads To Shorter Survival In Monkeys With AIDS
6. Social Stress Shortens Lives Of Monkeys With AIDS
7. Widespread Genus Of Monkeys Gives Up Genealogical Secrets To Columbia Researchers
8. Columbia research to examine gene influence on severity of peridontal disease, therapy response
9. Columbia, Stony Brook, Guidant to develop biological pacemaker based on gene & cell therapies
10. Worlds largest scientific society holds regional meeting in Columbia, Mo.
11. New Columbia Genomic Center of Excellence aims to speed genetic targeting of medicines

Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/5/2014)... Kelly Redmond has dedicated his career to understanding ... a general audience. , As deputy director and ... at Nevada,s Desert Research Institute, Redmond has more ... application and dissemination of climate data to the ... Meeting in San Francisco on December 15-19, 2014 ...
(Date:11/4/2014)... at the right time might actually help boost a ... help in understanding animal populations, pest control and managing ... the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution , ... the kind of positive population effect an overall species ... on the size and developmental stage of the creatures ...
(Date:11/4/2014)... A newly published research study examining only marketing ... of fast food restaurants has found that the ... disproportionately exposed to such marketing tactics. , Authored ... her colleagues, the study is the first to ... interior and exterior of fast food restaurants and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Nevada climatologist to be honored at AGU Fall Meeting for lifetime of public outreach 2When less is more: Death in moderation boosts population density in nature 2Fast food marketing for children disproportionately affects certain communities 2Fast food marketing for children disproportionately affects certain communities 3
(Date:11/22/2014)... -- The element of surprise has been a major advantage ... warning. Until now, epidemiologists had nothing to measure that ... in suboptimal responses to both the H1N1 pandemic of ... - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141121/160242 That virus ... gene structural changes have been found that invariably to ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... (PRWEB) November 19, 2014 The science ... lives was shared with more than 200 primary students ... students from the University of Otago Physics Department and ... The Otago students, members of the university’s OSA/SPIE Student ... in early September, giving children from small, rural schools ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... The report, "Synthetic Biology Market by ... Technology (Bioinformatics, Nanotechnology, Gene Synthesis, Cloning & ... Global Forecast to 2018", analyses and studies ... challenges. , Browse 99 market data tables ... and in-depth TOC of the global synthetic ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... November 21, 2014 2014 Deep ... Industry” is a professional and in-depth research report ... ferrocyanide information, like its definition, classification, application, ... overview. This report covers the international market analysis, ... (such as the US, Europe, Asia, China, Japan ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Viruses' Advantage of Surprise is Lost 2Optics and photonics outreach programs share science, spark fascination with light 2Optics and photonics outreach programs share science, spark fascination with light 3Synthetic Biology Market Expected to Reach $5,630.4 Million in 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Synthetic Biology Market Expected to Reach $5,630.4 Million in 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Synthetic Biology Market Expected to Reach $5,630.4 Million in 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Sodium Ferrocyanide Market: Analysis for Global & China Regions Development Trends Available at DeepResearchReports.com 2Sodium Ferrocyanide Market: Analysis for Global & China Regions Development Trends Available at DeepResearchReports.com 3
Cached News: