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Symbolic snacks

Monkeys learn to deal with arbitrary tokens as if they are different foods

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7:22pm, June 10, 2008

Don’t write off capuchin monkeys as simpleminded. It turns out that they’re symbol-minded, wielding a mental capacity often regarded as unique to people, researchers say.

Capuchins given laboratory training treat arbitrary tokens as symbols for different foods, according to primatologist Elsa Addessi of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies in Rome and her colleagu

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