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Monkeys tune into Amazon-style system to see if they like music or videos

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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

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Zoo monkeys tuned into an Amazon Primate media system to see if they prefer music or videosCredit: Alamy

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.”

Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas said: 'This is the first time we’ve given [monkeys] the option to choose between '

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Dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas said: ‘This is the first time we’ve given [monkeys] the option to choose between ‘





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