Scientists Unlock a Key Cognitive Ability of Monkeys [Nature World News]

Photo of Rhesus macaque monkeys by Amada44
May 29, 2017

"Monkeys show evidence of having developed the parts of the brain dedicated to analyzing social interactions. The new information - aside from offering a peek at monkey's brain activity - can also help scientists understand the origins of human's social cognition.

According to a report from Rockefeller University, Winrich Freiwald and Julia Sliwa found areas in the brains of rhesus macaque monkeys that analyze social interactions. The team of scientists discovered that the animals may have even evolved the neutral circuitry behind the human's "theory of mind", also known as the ability to understand another person's thoughts, desires, intentions and behavior..."

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