Babies or Chimps - Who is Smarter?

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chimpanzeeIs your baby smarter than a chimpanzee? Perhaps you've never considered the question, but now that I've put it out there, don't you want to know?

When chimps get enough nurturing affection from a human mother, their brain power can surpass that of the average baby, according CafeMom.

Human caregivers spent 20 hours a week playing with, grooming and feeding baby chimps up until the age of one in a recent study published in Developmental Psychobiology. Researchers found that 9-month-old chimps who received this kind of motherly love outperformed human babies of the same age on development and attachment tests.

Considering that there probably aren't that many women willing to play full-time chimpanzee nanny, it's safe to assume that your baby will remain superior in intellect to the average chimp. There is something you can take away from this study, though. Chimps who were given only basic care (food and health care) were not just less advanced developmentally than their much-loved counterparts, they were also more likely to be stressed out, attached to lovies and develop habits like rocking. You don't need a PhD to know that human babies suffer similarly when deprived of love and attention.

Here's what I want to know: What happened to those chimps who aged out of the study? I imagine they're feeling (yes, feeling) more than a little blue. What do you think?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.