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 .

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:

    John Latter / Jorolat
    Evolution Research

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