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Comment author: Dojan 03 October 2011 06:45:42PM 2 points [-]

Interesting! But I wonder how they phrased that to the kids, I mean if they said something like "Here I'll show you!", and then sat next to the kid as shown, that kid probably felt some pressure to do as shown, regardless of logic, while the apes just want the candy. Would be interresting to see the kids when left alone with a box like that...

But here I am, second guessing the study that a team of presumably really intelligent researchers have spent a long time working on, a few minutes after seeing a tiny bit of all their work... reminds me of xkcd.com/277/

Comment author: Dojan 04 October 2011 10:14:00AM *  0 points [-]

Wait, reading just a little more reveals:

NOTE: This is a dramatic reenactment of an experiment for a TV documentary. The actual experiment criteria: * The children used ranged from 41-59 months. * The chimps used ranged from 2-6 y.o. Chimps mature at 13-14 for females, 15-16 for males. * The box always contains a sticker. When the child gets the sticker, they trade that in for a food reward. * The child is instructed to get the reward any way they can, then the experimenter leaves the room. The test is filmed. When the child is successful, they say "I have got it!" and the experimenter returns to the room and gives them their reward.

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