Monkeys will pay to look at porn


January 27, 2005
Brain & Behavior, Health, Life & Non-humans, Uncategorized

In a finding that deepens our understanding of animal social cognition, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have demonstrated for the first time that monkeys, like humans, value information according to its social content. People readily pay to see powerful or sexually attractive individuals, and, according to this new study, monkeys will also “pay” to view these kinds of images.

Both economics and evolutionary theory predict that animals should selectively acquire information about others that is most useful for guiding behavior. In most monkey social groups, behavior is structured by kinship, dominance, and reproductive status, suggesting that social information should be valued according to these attributes. While previous studies had shown that monkeys would work to see other monkeys, no one knew whether the value they placed on seeing other individuals was related to the social relevance of those individuals.

In the new work, researchers Robert Deaner, Amit Khera and Michael Platt, all of Duke University Medical Center, tested this hypothesis by measuring how much fruit juice monkeys would accept or forgo to see photographs of familiar monkeys, permitting the researchers to compare monkeys’ valuation of different types of social information. Male monkeys “paid” in juice to view female hindquarters or high-ranking monkeys’ faces, but required “overpayment” to view low-ranking monkeys’ faces. Despite living in a captive colony, the value monkeys placed on information about potential sexual partners and powerful individuals matched the relative importance of these individuals for behavioral success in the wild. This study demonstrates that monkeys assess visual information by its social value and provides the first experimental evidence that they spontaneously discriminate between images of others based on the social rank or classification of individuals.

From Cell Press



Monkeys will pay to look at porn

7 Responses to Monkeys will pay to look at porn

  1. Steve March 11, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    The monkey didn’t have to choose the porn. Like in humans, the desire to see sexy females is built into male monkey brains, and vice versa I’d assume.

  2. Anonymous October 10, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    Poor exploited monkeys. They work very hard for their fruit juice. C’mon they probably get up very early to go to their spell-checking jobs and come home to their wife and ugly kids. I say if the monkeys wnna see women monkeys degrading themselves then by all means let the monkeys be players. K? K. Environmentally hostile ‘animal’ whut whuttt

  3. Anonymous September 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    When you say animals, you act like you’re not one of them.
    Its a common misconception among pretty much every human being on this planet, we are animals too. We have scientific names and places in the animals kingdom too! Who knew?
    Just because we found a way pollute and destroy the earth doesn’t make us better than animals. I’d say humans are the worst, and most stupid animals created.

  4. Anonymous April 11, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    Hello: Monkeys can be taught to use spell checker. Your site shows little concern for spelling and grammar. Makes you just as ignorant as the people you are trying to reach.

  5. Anonymous May 7, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    There is no Monkey Porn here? Damn it Google…..

  6. Anonymous April 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    that is very wrong thatpeople make monkeys pay for porn.this can ruen their mind sinse are very smart mameLes.this should stop

  7. clyopa August 2, 2007 at 5:22 am #

    Animals are more developed than we think.
    We have always believed that animals can’t have dreams, lately it was proved that they can. I suppose we know very little about them and there is still much to learn.

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