June 14, 2007

Humans enhance chimps just by interacting with them

A new study examines human impact on chimpanzees' cognitive abilities:
Human interaction and stimulation enhance chimpanzees’ cognitive abilities, according to new research from the Chimpanzee Cognition Center at The Ohio State University. The study is the first to demonstrate that raising chimpanzees in a human cultural environment enhances their cognitive abilities, as measured by their ability to understand how tools work. The findings have just been published online in the Springer journal Animal Cognition.
(Thanks, PJ!)


Anonymous said...

Increases some abilities that humans take an interest in, what about the skills they need in the wild?

Are they improved or humanified?

Anonymous said...

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