Do Nice Apes Finish Last? It’s Complicated. Despite their natural cooperativity, adult bonobos appeared to favor both humans and cartoon characters that are unhelpful.

by Nick Tomasello Guest Contributor Bonobo apes are among our closest genetic relatives. Like humans, they are very social and are known to cooperate to find food. However, new research published in the journal Cell describes a key way our READ MORE

Can We Teach a Computer to Be Creative? Researchers at Apple write an algorithm that lets computers train other computers to learn patterns

Creativity is no small task. We do our best to cultivate and cherish the imagination of young children, and struggle to maintain those senses as we get older. But what exactly is creativity? Can its rules be written down? Is READ MORE

Would a Self-Driving Car Kill You If it Had the Chance? A series virtual reality experiments approach the uncomfortable subject of whether human ethics should inform the ethics of self-driving cars.

What started out as a study of ethical decision making for self-driving cars turned into a study of human psychology. How do we decide, when a collision is inevitable, who or what to hit? No one wants to be confronted READ MORE

Chess might help you become better at math, but not for the reasons you think. Researchers substitute some first, second, and third graders’ math lessons with chess lessons to see if it had a positive impact on scores.

Chess has been proposed as a way of improving math abilities, despite the fact that math and chess do not have as much in common as people think.

Are facial morphs a reliable way to produce fake IDs? Experiments show how often humans and computers misidentify a morphed ID image as an unfamiliar person

Most people can identify a familiar face in a photo, even if the picture is taken at an unusual angle, or in poor lighting. Think about how easily you may recognize someone you know in a social media feed or READ MORE

Chimpanzees Can Tell When You Believe Something False In a clever test used on toddlers, researchers have learned something new about the social intelligence of apes

Our understanding of animal cognition has grown dramatically since the days of Jane Goodall in the 1960s. Great apes, a family of primates which includes chimpanzees, bonobos, and orangutans, are often the subject of psychological research. The present study explored READ MORE