Chimps were pitted against humans in a game of hide-and-seek, Chimps ‘consistently outperformed’ their competitors in every round


Could you outwit a chimp?

Study finds apes are ‘consistently’ better than humans at competitions such as hide-and-seek. Participants were asked to predict how their opponent would behave
The players who made the correct selections were given a reward. Chimps ‘consistently outperformed’ their competitors in every round
Scientists claim this is because chimps have better short-term memory and are more competitive by nature. Humans, on the other hand, are encouraged to be more cooperative


Scientists pitted chimps against humans in a simple game of hide-and-seek called the Inspection Game.

Either two chimps or two humans played the games in which the pairs sat back-to-back facing computer screens.

The object was to select one of two blue boxes on the left or right side of the screen and then show each opponent the choices made.

The goal of the players in the ‘hiding’ role – the ‘mismatchers’ – was to choose the opposite of their opponent’s selection.

Players in the ‘seeking’ role – the ‘matchers’ – won if they made the same choices as their opponent.

Researchers found chimps consistently outperformed humans across the tests.

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