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Monkeys show more cognitive flexibility than humans

Monkeys show more cognitive flexibility than humans

A team of researchers from Georgia State University wanted to know if capuchin and rhesus monkeys could outperform humans on tests of cognitive flexibility. The set up a variety of tests and found that the monkeys adapted to use a more efficient response sooner than humans. But why? Because monkeys have less working memory than humans, leading them to search for and adopt simpler alternatives whenever possible. By choosing a shortcut to get a reward or solve a problem, monkeys reduce the strain on their working memory. To read more on the study, which was published in Scientific Reports, visit www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326712.php#2.

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