Researchers from the University of Warwick and the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom have discovered that great apes purposely spin in circles to get dizzy. By analyzing videos of apes, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans, the researchers found that the behavior was not a byproduct of play, as scientists previously thought. Instead, it was a deliberate activity that the apes chose to engage in. The findings suggest that spinning may be a universal play behavior among primates and that it may serve an important function in their cognitive development. The study has implications for understanding the evolution of play and cognitive development in humans and other primates.
Today: November 30, 2023