A post I wrote for the Temple News blog, Broad & Cecil: Chimps are smarter than you are: 12.05.2005
A recent study at Kyoto University found that chimpanzees have a better short term memory than the college students they were pitted against in remembering a series of numbers from one to nine.
The study found that the chimps were no more accurate than the college students, but could select the correct order faster. One young chimp named Ayumu performed exceptionally well and was included in further tests. The college kids couldn’t even keep up after six months of training.
Apparently humans, and chimpanzees, lose the skills required for the test with age, so the next step is to see how the apes compete against younger humans.