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A new study conducted by French researchers has suggested that Baboons are capable of experiencing the first step in reading and can identify actual words.

Researchers tested a group of Guinea baboons in a specially built facility at the Aix-Marseille University in France.

The study revealed that after being trained, the animals were able to recognize words after seeing them once and differentiate between right and wrong words.

“The baboons aren’t reading; they don’t attach any meaning to the words other than recognizing shapes,” said the psychologist Jonathan Grainger of France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), who led the study.

He noted that the significant point of the study is that baboons could recognize the right ones and ones close to the right ones as well.

Researchers also found that baboons mistook visually similar non-words for purposed words in the same popular pattern among human readers.

“The really striking result is that baboons could distinguish, in a statistical sense, not only words from non-words but (they) saw them the way that human English readers do as well,” said neuroscientist Charles Connor of the Mind-Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The finding supports one of the keys to human reading as kids learn the sounds of their ABCs before learning to read while recognizing word shapes and lengths can play a stronger role in literacy than earlier suspected.

“Obviously, this is just part of the story when it comes to really learning to read,” said Grainger. “We still have to teach kids what sounds go with each letter.”

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6 Responses to " Baboons Can Recognize Actual Words "

  1. Henry ShitLips says:

    I am an Independent Fundamental Baptist and I belong to Westboro Baptist Church, and most baboons are more intelligent than born again christians. I was shunned in my church for sucking off gorillars in my church’s bathroom. I’d love to suck off a baboon. God has called me to this. I don’t know if I could train a baboon to read, but I bet I could train one to let me rim him without getting bitten. I didn’t come from monkeys. I just suck them off in the name of Jesus! praise the lord!

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    • James says:

      Spoken like a true jew. Perverse to your last breath, which will hopefully come sooner rather than later.

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  2. ALL AMERICAN says:

    THEY CAN READ, BUT CAN THEY JUMP??? LET’S TEACH ‘EM HOW TO SHOOT! SINCE MOST OF THE CURRENT NBA PLAYERS CAN’T READ, THESE NEW, MORE INTELLIGENT PRIMATES COULD INCREASE THE EMBARRASINGLY LOW IQ OF THE LEAGUE……

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  3. Christos Salvatore says:

    OH Holy Cow, you two unbelievers are disgusting. What has mankind come to ! And you guys can even WRITE which is probably worst.
    May the Lord strike you both down with a French Letter from Outer Space !
    “They don’t attach any meaning to the words other than recognizing shapes”,
    that is just what most humans are doing, ape-ing each other. Holy Cow !

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  4. Jeri Lynn says:

    I have known for a long time that Negros cam understand language. They do; however, have difficulty speaking coherently.

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  5. Jeri Lyn says:

    Yo got dat right!

    Dats wha I be talk’n ’bout.

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