Monkey and human pictorial memory scanning

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Science  18 Jun 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4552, pp. 1333-1334
DOI: 10.1126/science.7079768


A rhesus monkey accurately recognized pictures in a Sternberg memory scanning experiment. When the monkey was tested with pictures that were reused during the same session, the monkey's performance was nearly identical to that of a human subject; this result demonstrates the monkeys are capable of some of the short-term retrieval mechanisms of humans.