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Comment on “Orthographic Processing in Baboons (Papio papio)”

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Science  07 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6099, pp. 1173
DOI: 10.1126/science.1224508

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Grainger et al. (Reports, 13 April 2012, p. 245) suggest that baboons can discriminate words from nonwords on the basis of two-letter (bigram) frequencies. This ability can also be attributed to baboons being able to recognize specific letters (i.e., shapes) in specific positions in their four-letter words, without reference to letter or bigram frequencies.

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