Lemurs play with computers

When I started working at the Lemur Center in 1982, there were zero computers here, but by 2002 (a mere 20 years later) even the lemurs had computers! In 2002, select ring-tailed, blue-eyed and mongoose lemurs got to play around with touch screens. Researcher Liz Brannon trained the animals to pick a series of random images in the correct order to receive a food award. Many thought it would be impossible to teach the “primitive” lemurs to focus on the computer screens, but for the most part they were eager to learn, with the only surprise being that the lemurs preferred to use their noses rather than their hands to select the correct image! This was the first of many DLC research projects on lemur cognition.

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