Be Less Stupid, Video — May 8, 2013 at 4:30 PM

HOW SMART ARE MONKEYS? Amazingly × Unbelievably × Hilariously


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There’s one question that scientists who study animal behavior have consistently wrestled with: do animals demonstrate a sense of morality? Well, that and why do dogs only throw up on the carpet… never the hard wood floor? Seriously! They’re right next to one another.

nwwhiteheadAnyway… De Wall’s experiments with capuchin monkeys shed new light on how primates handle social situations whose fulcrum is moral behavior.

The results of one experiment  (seen above) indicate that the capuchin has a keen sense of fairness, along with empathy and compassion. Another experiment demonstrated the capuchin’s understanding of reciprocity. 

In the reciprocity experiment, capuchin “A” – who was rewarded regardless of his actions — was observed cooperating with capuchin “B” whose reward hinged on his cooperation with “A”. Don’t worry, though. The world isn’t entirely upside down. Capuchin “A” still threw his poop at “B” — He just waited ’till the experiment was over.

This ability to “do a favor” among the capuchins is considered advanced intelligence… that  has still not been observed among the Kardashian clan.


Cats and dogs look at the world differently from one another.
Cats and dogs look at the world differently from one another.

Want more demonstrations and experiments of animal intelligence?

Go To: Episode #6 of This vs That

Under the supervision of Dr. Aaron Blaisdell, of the Animal Cognition Lab at UCLA, we test the cognitive abilities of cats and dogs in an effort to reveal the answer to a question that has plagued man since the dawn of time:

Who’s smarter, dog vs cat?

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Jon Hotchkiss is the creator, EP, Director & Writer of This vs That. He also created: The Truth About Sex (Playboy TV), Invasion of the X-Mas Lights (TLC), My Dad is Better Than Your Dad (NBC), and Punkin Chunkin (Science). Jon also ran the series Bullshit with Penn & Teller and was one of the original writers on Politically Incorrect. You can reach him here.

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