Monkeys and dogs appeared to be able to judge people by their actions

Monkeys and dogs appeared to be able to judge people by their actions

Behave yourself or your dog will blame you. And Pets, and monkeys prefer people who help others. And this may be the explanation of the origin of our sense of morality.

Studies involving children have shown that at the age of one year people are already starting to judge others in their relationships. This suggests that children have a kind of innate sense of morality, betrays New Scientist.

Scientists have wondered whether other types to do social assessments in a similar way. After a series of experiments with dogs and monkeys are the Capuchins, the researchers concluded that the animals prefer helpful people, more willing to take them food, play with them.

In one experiment, Capuchins observed the behavior of the actor who tried to open a container with a toy inside. Then the actor asked the actor wants to help, and he either agreed or refused. Then both the actor offered every Capuchin yummy, and the monkey chose, from whose hands to accept it.

When the second actor agreed to help the first, the monkey made no preferences between them, accepting the award from both. But when the second actor refused to help, the monkey often took food from the hands of the first.

James Anderson, a comparative psychologist, a Professor at Kyoto University, believes that the results of the experiments show the similarity of social evaluation of animals with the assessment of babies. “If someone behaves badly, they will try to end the relationship, showing an emotional reaction,” notes Anderson.

In the wild monkeys behave this way. They choose their partners based on the behavior of their own kind. The human moral sense can be rooted in such primitive evaluations of others.

Researchers believe that the ability to judge others allows us to stabilize a complex social system, removing them from poor social partners.