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By the end of the training period, which included about 50,000 trials for each animal, all of the baboons had learned to recognize at least 81 words at an accuracy rate of about 75 percent, the researchers report today in the journal Science. One animal learned more than 300 words.
Originally posted by randomname
they can't read. i can show you chinese characters until you turn blue, and eventually you'll recognize a symbol.
but you then can't claim to read chinese.
second, they can't speak or understand english. so how can you tell if they can read.
all they are doing is associating a word for food. you can train a dog to do that, but you can't claim it is reading.
to them house, car, tree, wheel all mean food to them.
to a person that can read, those words refer to a specific object.
Originally posted by ArMaP
reply to post by trollz
They didn't learn to read, they were able to recognise words known words and spot words that didn't follow the same pattern, but they weren't able to look at a new word and know how to speak it.
From this and other studies we can see that most of the more intelligent animals are able to understand patterns, either in objects or in drawings, and to understand meanings of unseen things like emotions.
Originally posted by trollz
Isn't this the precursor to learning language though? Isn't that how babies learn, by associating words they hear with their meanings?