Making Sense of Monkey Math

May 3, 2013

J. Adam Fenster, University of Rochester Peanut Games In this University of Rochester cognitive science study, research assistant Steve Ferrigno places treats into each of two cups, varying the numbers in each container.

Opposing thumbs, expressive faces, complex social systems: it’s hard to miss the similarities between apes and humans. Now a new study with a troop of zoo baboons and lots of peanuts shows that a less obvious trait—the ability to understand numbers—also is shared by man and his primate cousins.