A series of tests carried out by a research team at Shanghai’s Chinese Academy of Science helped successfully train a group of rhesus monkeys to recognize their own faces in the mirror.
Scientist Gong Neng said that this study is the first in 40 years of experiments to yield such results with monkeys. Previously, for example, when a researcher marked a monkey’s face and presented it with a mirror, it neither touched the spot nor showed any signs of self-directed behavior.
Gong hopes that the research could be used therapy for people who aren’t able to recognize themselves in the mirror due to brain disorders such as autism, schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s.
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