Monkey See, Monkey Remember04/28/11
THURSDAY, April 28 (HealthDay News) -- Memory in monkeys and
humans is more similar than previously believed, a new study
Experiments with rhesus monkeys showed that, like people, they
have both recognition and recall memory. Recognition is the ability
to identify something when you see it. Recall is the ability to
remember things you've previously seen.
The study appears online April 28 in the journal
Recall memory, which is needed for planning and imagining, can
enhance social behavior, navigation and other cognitive skills,
according to the researchers.
The researchers found that the rhesus monkeys could reproduce
simple shapes on a computer touch screen from memory. This finding
"suggests that they might be able to recollect other types of
information that would be useful to them in the wild," study author
Benjamin Basile of Emory University, Atlanta, said in a journal
"It's exciting to speculate that they may be able to recollect the appearance of monkeys they know, what favorite foods look like, or the path they would have to take to get to a water source," he added.
The National Primate Research Center at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison has more about the
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