Chimpanzees smarter than we think, says prof

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A FREE lecture tomorrow at the University of Portsmouth will explain why chimpanzees are a lot smarter than we give them credit for.

Sally Boysen, a visiting professor from Ohio State University’s department of psychology, will discuss her 35 years of researching our closest living relatives.

Prof Boysen said: ‘Chimpanzees are able to understand far more than most people give them credit for.

‘Our research demonstrates time and time again that they have a remarkable array of cognitive abilities that go far beyond those required for survival in their natural habitat, such as being able to count and work out complex puzzles.

‘But it’s their level of emotional intelligence that often surprises people. Humans are not the only species with awareness of what other people might be thinking. They understand group dynamics and can deduce that others have different perspectives from our own. They would be just as bad as we are at gossiping and office politics!’

The lecture at the Portland Building, in Portland Street takes place from 6pm until 7pm. Admission is free, but by ticket only. To get tickets call (023) 9284 3757 or email events@port.ac.uk