Apparently, Monkeys Can Tell When Something is ‘Fair’
Leading primatologist Frans de Waal carried out a test with monkeys showing how animals understand the concept of equality and equal pay.
Although researchers are delving deeper into understanding the nature of animals and how they co-exist with each other, little do we understand about how they interpret most of what we consider as only a ‘human’ behavior.
In a study done by the primatologist team, two Capuchin monkeys were placed side-by-side in a cage. These monkeys, according to the scientists, “live in a group and know each other.” The test monkeys were taken out of the group and placed in the test chamber for the scientific study.
What happens during the test was a mix of humor and sudden comprehension about the abilities of how the Capuchin monkeys are able to understand the concept of fairness.
During the experiment, the two test monkeys were to give the experimenter a stone in exchange for a treat. Both animals were given only cucumbers during the initial stage of the research and according to Dr. De Waal the monkeys “were perfectly willing to do this twenty-five times in a row.”
A deviant experiment was conducted wherein one monkey was given the same cucumber and the other was given a grape after giving the experimenter the stone. The scientist, according to a video released by TED Talks, says that with the grape being a “far better food … creates inequity between them.”
The surprising reaction of how the monkey receiving the cucumber behaved – lashing out and throwing the cucumber at the researcher – proves that they understand the concept of fairness and equal pay.
TED also provided a clear detail about the research findings saying, “Fairness, reciprocity, empathy, cooperation – caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait.”
The surprising results from these behavioral tests done on mammals and other primates clearly show the “moral straits all of us share.”
More in News
Man Walks for Miles to Find Donor For Wife Who Needs Kidneys
74-year-old Wayne Winters is all over the news because of his inspiring act of walking for miles every day just to...Nov 10, 2017
Are We on the Brink of World War III? This Is What Experts Say Could Happen
The next great world altercation will be like none ever seen before. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, humans now...Oct 30, 2017
Letter Found in Titanic Wreckage Now Priced at $166,000 at British Auction
A day before the Titanic sank, a man named Alexander Oskar Holverson wrote a letter to his mom. Although the letter...Oct 25, 2017
11-Year-Old Science Prodigy Develops Water Detecting Device for Lead
Sometimes great ideas come from unexpected places, like when 11-year-old science prodigy Gitanjali Rao from Lone Tree, Colorado developed a game-changing...Oct 22, 2017
Airline Agrees Long Flights Are Boring, Hires In-Flight Live Theater Group
Future travelers of Icelandair airline, your carry-on bag just got a whole lot lighter. Leave your headphones, tablet and magazines at...Oct 10, 2017
Facebook Bands Together To Help Rescue This Trapped Woman
August 13th, 2017 was shaping up to be another ordinary day for 61-year-old Leslie Kahn. The afternoon weather was simply perfect,...Oct 1, 2017
Soldier Kidnapped In Iraq Reveals Details Of Her Imprisonment, But It’s Not What The Media Says
The stories of military heroes are forever embedded in the annals of history, and most armies stand firm on never leaving...Sep 12, 2017
Paris Apartment Frozen in Time for 70 Years Reveals a Valuable Secret
It was supposed to be an appraisal like any other after an elderly woman died in the south of France. The...Sep 10, 2017
When a Mexican Resort Dream Getaway Turned into a Nightmare
Heidi and Corey Sorrem were looking forward to a dream getaway at a Mexican resort, famous for its exotic beaches, archaeological...Sep 7, 2017