Saturday, December 31, 2011

I For One Welcome Our New Simian Overlords

Apes 'gamble like humans by calculating odds' - Telegraph: Given the choice of a safe bet of a small piece of banana or a larger chunk of fruit hidden beneath one of a selection of shuffled cups, the apes chose to gamble more than 50 per cent of the time.

The team, led by Daniel Haun of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics found that they were also able to identify when the odds were stacked against them and when it was wiser to go with the safe bet.

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