Put a few humans up against a chimp in a memory game, and the humans are sure to win every time. Right?
Not so apparently.
Japanese researchers pitted humans against chimps in two short-term memory exercises and, overall, the chimps were the champions. One memory test included chimps that had been taught the numbers 1 to 9. They faced 12 human volunteers in a computerized memory game. Results showed that the chimps performed better when asked to do the tasks.
The chimp that did the best, Ayumu, was included in a second test against nine college students. In this test, five numbers flashed on a screen before being replaced by white squares. The subjects were asked to touch the white squares in the correct sequence. The lesser the amount of time the numbers were shown, the worse the college students did in comparison to Ayumu.