ZOO monkeys tuned into an Amazon Primate media system to see if they prefer music or videos.
They even flicked between three choices by triggering infra-red sensors.
Zoo monkeys tuned into an Amazon Primate media system to see if they prefer music or videos[/caption]
Researchers put the “player” in a tunnel in an enclosure for three white-faced sakis.
Some days the zones would have videos — worms, underwater scenes and abstract shapes to choose from by triggering the sensor.
The videos would switch off if the monkeys lost interest — usually after a few seconds.
On other days there would be three sound clips — electronic music plus traffic noises and rain.
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Experts found the sakis opted for audio content slightly more, but not enough to say it was their preference.
The University of Glasgow’s Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas, who led the research at a zoo in Finland, said: “We have previously explored how monkeys interacted with video content and audio content, but this is the first time we’ve given the option to choose between the two.
“Our findings raise a number of questions which are worthy of further study to help us build effective interactive systems.”
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