Amazing Memory Demonstration

The memory skills of Ben Pridmore, a 30-year-old accountant are amazing. He hails from Derby in England, and in 30 seconds can memorize the order of a pack of cards. Then someone heard of a talented 7-year-old from Japan and thought he might be a match for Ben. A contest was set up, arrangements were made, and knowledgeable judges moved into place. Sure enough, the winnner was declared to be Ayumu. Funny thing–Ayumu is a chimpanzee.

Picture and information from The Daily Mail

When scientists found out that chimps had better memories than students, there were unkind comments about the calibre of the human competition they faced.

But now an ape has gone one better, trouncing British memory champion Ben Pridmore.

Ayumu, a seven-year-old male brought up in captivity in Japan, did three times as well as Mr Pridmore at a computer game which involved remembering the position of numbers on a screen.

More information is here, along with a picture of smiling Ben Pridmore. (I had mercy on him by not pasting his picture on the same page with Ayumu, the chimp who trounced him. 🙂 )

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6 thoughts on “Amazing Memory Demonstration

  1. Chimps are absolutely amazing. And really, how much do we know about them? The whole animal kingdom is fascinating.

    That picture makes me want to hug that furry little chimp..wouldn’t be a good thing, though, probably.

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  2. Wow, that’s amazing! It would be kinda cool to meet a smart chimpanzee! lol

    Jen, probably every chimp you meet is smart–some smarter than others, just as some humans are smarter than other humans.. Isn’t God neat to have created such animals as these.

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  3. speaking of memory, i haven’t blogged in a long time and just noticed that you commented for the second time on one of my p0sts. i just thought i’d drop by and at least acknowledge your visit! 🙂 thanks for the humour.

    Hello, Mark. Thanks for coming by. Hope you enjoy the laugh produced here. Or is that really laughter, I hear?

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  4. Oh wow… and sometimes I worry about me not remembering why I entered into a room. However, I beleive people have their areas of expertise and I do recall numbers better than mundane everyday things (does this happen after you begin parenting? I “DON’T REMEMBER” being that way before. lol)

    Hey, Von de Leigh. I’m terrible at numbers, better at other things. You’re better with numbers. Want to take on that sweet little chimp?

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