Chimps Are Short-term Memory Machines

December 9, 2007

This is mind boggling. I read the headlines that Young Chimps Top Adult Humans In Numerical Memory and I didn’t read past the first few sentences (something about people-think-they-are-so-smart blah blah blah blah). Then I saw the video and WOWZEE. The good stuff is about 55 seconds into the YouTube video embedded below. That is just an incredibly cool short-term visual memory trick. I wonder if it is unique to chimps or whether we lost that specific ability.