Apes Also Play Gamble When It Comes To Acquiring Big Rewards

Apes Also Play Gamble When It Comes To Acquiring Big Rewards

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics conducted research, being led by Daniel Haun, revealed that human’s evolutionary cousins are also not less at gambling in order to get better deal.

Study included chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans and found that all are too good in gambling. But two species which stood out in the experiment were Chimpanzees and orangutans as they were the most likely to gamble.

In the experiment, all four species were given an option to choose from. Either they could take a small piece of fruit or they could choose to gamble to win a larger piece of fruit. In gambling, cups were placed in upside down having different sized fruits to no fruit.

It was found that all of them gambled most of the times while their gaming habit changed as per increase in difficulty level. When researchers added an additional cup to the game hence reducing the chances of winning a larger portion of fruit, apes did not gamble to a large extent.

However, when big size fruit was added to the game, it was found that apes were betting more than last time so they could win that fruit. So when big reward was attached to the gamble, apes were betting more, but when risk was more to come out as loser then they opted for guaranteed fruit reward.

Chimpanzees and orangutans were risking the most and 100% at the time when it comes to get piece of fruit. It seems they were making some calculations in their minds before betting as how much benefit they would be getting from that specific game.

Huan said, “Our study adds to the growing evidence that the mental life of the other great apes is much more sophisticated than is often assumed”.


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