Ayumu The Memory Chimp

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11-year-old chimpanzee Ayumu lives and trains at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute where he famously excels at an apparently simple but actually extremely difficult memorization game. The above ABC report dates from 2007, when Ayumu first came to fame.

Ayumu is shown the numbers 1 to 9 on a computer screen, and given just a fraction of a second to commit their randomized location to memory. Once that fraction of a second is up, the numbers are covered with white squares, at which point Ayumu must select them in numerical order.

Long story short: he’s better at it than you.

Try this  online flash game that replicates the original study.

So how does he do it?

READ ON: This chimp will kick your ass at memory games — but how the hell does he do it? 

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