Chimpanzees Beat College Students at Computerized Brain Test

You know that game in Brain Age where you get a quick look at a batch of numbers then have to tap them in numerical order after they're hidden? In news that must please the good Dr. Kawashima to no end, scientists at Kyoto University have found that five-year-old chimps are able to perform a (very) similar feat much faster than a group of nine able-minded college students on a touchscreen test bed that resembles the best-selling DS game.

With a .7 second look, both man and beast are on even ground, but with a 0.4 second or 0.2 second (!!) peek, the college kids got owned, completing it 40% of the time compared to the chimps' 80%. One thing's for sure— taking this test probably didn't help the college kids with their self esteem. While not as funny as a chimp working a typewriter while smoking a cigarette, the video above of brave Ayumu doing his thing is pretty damn amazing. Get that chimp a stylus!


And if you want to be impressed, see the next video, showing the chimps memorizing the digits after the mere peek.


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That is simply incredible. I don't know that it has as much to do with memorization skill as it has to do with visual acuity. If I were able to see all the numbers as fast as the chimp can, I would be able to do this with ease, but I simply cannot see all the numbers as fast as the chimp. As another poster here pointed out, he needs that kind of visual capability in the jungle where he is swinging from vine to vine at high speeds. Man just didn't have the need for the visual quickness. I am sure the chimp would win hands down in any reflex test as well.