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Chimps can anticipate and plan for the future

Chimps can anticipate and plan for the future
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Chimpanzees are as smart as human children in anticipating trouble and planning for the future, says new research. The study assessed the planning...

New York: Chimpanzees are as smart as human children in anticipating trouble and planning for the future, says new research. The study assessed the planning abilities of chimpanzees, two monkey species (rhesus macaques and capuchin monkeys) and human children between ages 28 and 66 months.

The researchers used a computerised game-like programme that presented 100 unique mazes to the participants and required them to move a cursor through a maze to reach a goal at the bottom of the screen. "The chimpanzees proved to be quite good at the task, although monkeys showed more trouble with the harder mazes that required greater inhibition and more anticipation of future 'trouble spots' in the mazes," said Michael Beran from Georgia State University.

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