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Headlines Monkeys like porn!

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http://www.scientificamerican.com/a...articleID=00002297-EFC5-11FF-AFC583414B7F0000


For a monkey, not all images are created equal. A new report reveals that the animals value some pictures more than others and are willing to pay for the privilege of viewing the important ones. The results indicate that monkeys, like people, value information based on its social context.

Robert Deaner of Duke University Medical Center and his colleagues studied male rhesus macaques that received juice rewards while looking at a variety of images of other macaques on a computer screen. The pictures included a neutral target, male monkeys that differed in social standing and the hindquarters of a female monkey, which reveal her sexual receptiveness. By systematically varying the amount of juice offered to the monkeys while changing the pictures they were seeing, the scientists determined how much the animals were willing to give up, or pay, in order to glimpse specific images. The team discovered that monkeys would give up a significant reward if it meant viewing high-ranking individuals or female behinds. But when given the chance to glance at images of low-ranking males, the subjects held out for additional juice.


The findings may help scientists understand the neural wiring that underlies social cognition. "At the moment, it's only a tantalizing possibility, but we believe that similar processes are at work in these monkeys and in people," says study co-author Michael Platt, also at Duke. "After all, the same kinds of social conditions have been important in primate evolution for both nonhuman primates and humans. So, in further experiments, we also want to try to establish in the same way how people attribute value to acquiring visual information about other individuals." The findings will appear in the March issue of Current Biology. --Sarah Graham
 

bigck3000

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haha....The oldest question ever posed to humanity....juice or porn?
 

MaxPower

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Funny, I just heard about this on NPR today.
 

bigck3000

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NPR...hahah...you're a n00b!!1

I was smoking (not tobacco) in my car (parked) the other night and I forgot to bring a cd...so it was either NPR or complete silence....what would you do?

and yea, juice and monkeys and porn haha!!11one
 

Captain 151

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Sociology is a waste of time and energy. It's an easy way to blame problems on non-palpable things. That being said, I think it's fucking awesome that monkeys watch monkey porn.
 

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Just think of what this can do for the porn industry, and the juice industry. They can combine to become the pornojuice industry under bobo the monkey. :thumbsup:
 

MaxPower

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bigck3000 said:
NPR...hahah...you're a n00b!!1

I was smoking (not tobacco) in my car (parked) the other night and I forgot to bring a cd...so it was either NPR or complete silence....what would you do?

and yea, juice and monkeys and porn haha!!11one
Hey Fuck you (not in a flaming context, but more of a strong disagreement). NPR is informative and thought provoking! And n00b? I’ve been listening to NPR since I had a tube radio!
 
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I’ve been listening to NPR since I had a tube radio!
Still got me a tube radio. Old as dirt, but hums like a beaut'.


Notice the V8 Splash in the corner. Peach Mango V8 Splash. If I've got any sort of addiction... It's not the pot, it's not the booze...... it's the V8 Splash.