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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Chimpanzees Beat out Children in Reasoning Test

The New York Times has a story on how chimpanzees seem to exhibit a better understanding of cause and effect than human children. While training chimps to perform a routine task with redundant steps, the chimps were able to figure out and eliminate the redundant steps, while the human children routinely performed them despite their evident uselessness.
It says something about the way we learn compared to chimps and should be interesting to cognitive scientists and those interested in computational learning theory, at the least.

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