Sunday, June 15, 2008

I'll Bet You $100...

I found a report that says that monkeys can acquire meta-cognitive skills: the ability to reflect about their thoughts and to assess their performance.

According to the article, the study was inspired by the way children pretend to make bets about things they believe they know ("I'll bet you $100 Santa Claus isn't real").

From the article: In the experiment, two monkeys were trained to play a video game that would test their ability to remember a particular photograph while also allowing them to make a large or a small bet. Ultimately, this wager would reflect the monkey's perception of their memory accuracy.

I can see where the researchers are going with this, but is it really a good idea to get another species involved in gambling? Or, for that matter, playing video games?

Here's a link to the article: Monkeys' Ability To Reflect On Their Thoughts May Have Implications For Infants, Autistic Children

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