Chimpanzees throw tantrums 猩猩會鬧脾氣

Sat, Jul 20, 2013 - Page 10

Like many humans, chimpanzees and bonobos react quite emotionally when they take risks that fail to pay off.

This is according to researchers from Duke University in the US, who designed two decision-making games — one to test patience and the other assessing risk-taking.

Some animals that lost the game — receiving a bland piece of cucumber rather than a preferred piece of banana — reacted with what looked like the ape equivalent of a tantrum.

The animals could choose between receiving a relatively small food reward immediately, or receiving a larger reward but having to wait for it.

Many of the apes became emotional when they had to wait or took a gamble that did not pay off.

The researchers also found differences in the way the two species responded to the games; chimps were more willing to take risks, and also more patient than bonobos.

“These differences might be reflected in differences in how the apes choose to forage in the wild,” said Yale University researcher Alexandra Rosati. Chimpanzees are more likely to engage in risky strategies like hunting.

(Liberty Times)