HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Monkeys show sophisticated learning abilities

DURHAM, N.C. -- Psychologists have found evidence that monkeys have sophisticated abilities to acquire and apply knowledge using some of the same strategies as do humans. Specifically, the researchers have discovered that rhesus monkeys can learn the correct order of arbitrary sets of images and can apply that knowledge to answer new questions about that order.

Not only can the monkeys choose which image came first in the same list, but they can also compare the order of pictures that came from different lists, found the researchers. The scientists said they have not yet found the limits of the monkeys' learning capacity.

The researchers -- Herbert Terrace of Columbia University, Lisa Son of Barnard College and Elizabeth Brannon of Duke University -- reported their findings in an article in the January 2003 Psychological Science. Son and Brannon were graduate students at Columbia when the study was conducted. The scientists' research was sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. Brannon is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and a member of Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

"While quite a lot of research has been done in monkeys addressing specific cognitive abilities such as numerical cognition or concept formation, very little has been done up to this point on the development of expertise," said Brannon.

To explore how monkeys learn, the researchers decided to teach four rhesus macaque monkeys -- named Benedict, Macduff, Oberon and Rosencrantz -- to distinguish the order of images displayed on a video touch screen. In the experiments, the monkeys were first presented with sets of images such as animals, people, scenery, cars and bridges. In return for banana-pellet rewards, the monkeys were then required to touch the images in a particular arbitrary but consistent order. The pictures were presented in random positions on the screen in each tria
'"/>

Contact: Dennis Meredith
dennis.meredith@duke.edu
919-681-8054
Duke University
22-Jan-2003


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. Monkeys that drink heavily develop signs of liver disease, Wake Forest study shows
2. Monkeys pay one another for work
3. Monkeys Have Numerical Abilities, Two Columbia Psychologists Report
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. Research season will feature use of sophisticated technologies to map Antarctica
9. Protein studies reveal sophisticated control of nerve communication
10. New sign language suggests children create languages fundamentals through learning
11. Professor calls for a new branch of learning

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/9/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Murrieta Genomics , the genomic sequencing business incubator, is ... University of California Riverside’s EPIC SBDC focused on research funding by U.S. Small Business ... March 17, 2019. The location is the Highlander Union Building, Room 302 South on ...
(Date:3/9/2019)... ... March 08, 2019 , ... On International Women’s ... new initiative focused on women in the field. The Women in Cancer ... to celebrate and empower emerging female leaders in the cancer immunotherapy field. , ...
(Date:3/5/2019)... ... March 05, 2019 , ... Join this live ... metadata-driven approach will help data analysts and bioinformaticians focus on data analysis without worrying ... that can come from different source systems. Some sources of data include:, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/19/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... March 19, 2019 , ... Bogey was nine years old when he ... in his left hip. These ailments caused Bogey to experience problems with his mobility. ... up stairs, and onto his special spot on the couch. , His owners, devastated at ...
(Date:3/19/2019)... ... ... free webinar will review strategies for data management in modular and adaptive clinical ... times by up to 30 percent, reducing cost while increasing quality, achieving clinical site set-up ... to migrate data – reducing risk and impact on trial success, trial teams, and trial ...
(Date:3/19/2019)... ... March 19, 2019 , ... ... cloud solutions, today announced it has begun offering NVIDIA® DGX-1™ deep learning systems ... utilize DGX-1, designed to provide the highest performance for artificial intelligence and deep ...
(Date:3/15/2019)... ... March 15, 2019 , ... ... in American Process Inc. and affiliate companies including AVAPCO LLC and API ... Michigan, the Thomaston Biorefinery and R&D center in Thomaston, Georgia, operations, research, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: