Being able to recognize that the reflection in a mirror is YOU is called “self-awareness.” Until recently, rhesus monkeys were not on the list of animals that could pass the “self awareness” test.
The self-awareness test involves putting a dye-mark on the forehead of the animal being tested. When the animal looks into the mirror and notices the mark and tries to do something about it, then the animal is “self-aware.” Rhesus monkeys do not seem to notice the mark.
A new experiment was done with a hat that was firmly attached to the rhesus monkey’s head. The monkey saw the hat in the mirror and immediately tried to adjust it! So, scientists have now added the rhesus monkey to the “self-awareness” list. Now the scientists are trying to figure out why the hat worked and the dye did not.
Source: Coghlan, Andy. (2010, 29 September). “Monkeys bid to join self-awareness club.” NewScientist
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