Chimpanzees most likely have a better short term memory than you

I previously considered Hindu-Arabic numeral memory to be an anthropocentric process however young chimpanzee have outperformed University students at this very task.

To see if you have a better short term memory than Ayumu the chimpanzee, try this test: http://gamesamurai.net/3409-Are-you-smarter-than-a-chimp.html

If the above link doesn’t load, a simple version of the game (you need to set it to 0.2 seconds to complete the chimp’s challenge) can be found here: https://adambrown.info/p/humor/monkey

The test involves recalling in their correct position and ascending order, the numbers that flash up on the screen.

The highest score I can achieve is 6. Ayumu the chimpanzee averages 8 correct.

A fascinating video of Ayumu performing this test can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkNV0rSndJ0

I strongly recommend watching this video as it defies belief.

The test results suggest that young chimpanzees have a superior eidetic memory to university students. An article full of details about the memory test can be found here: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19626332.900-chimps-outperform-students-in-a-memory-game.html

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