Monkey see, monkey do

New-born rhesus monkeys have been found by the Italian researchers to be mimicking adults in the first three months just like new-born human babies who imitate adult facial expressions as a form of social learning.Particular brain cells -called “mirror neurons” in humans fire in the infants as they watch the adult expressions and copy them. A similar thing happens in the new-born monkeys .

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9916-proved-monkey-see-monkey-do.html

One comment on “Monkey see, monkey do

  1. John Latter says:

    The news report is based on the open access PLoS Biology paper “Neonatal Imitation in Rhesus Macaques” at:

    http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.0040302

    John Latter / Jorolat
    Evolution Research
    http://evomech.blogspot.com/

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