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Exploring Learned and Innate Behavior

Exploring Learned and Innate Behavior

Introduction

Scientific research has shown that the evolution of humans and monkeys is very similar. Humans are able to think, imagine, create, and learn from their experiences—more so than any other species. From the time we are born, we humans begin learning through our sensory systems—sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. So do monkeys.

But humans not only receive information through these systems, they also learn about themselves and the world around them through the physical, psychological, and social context in which this experiential information occurs. That’s because they have the ability to use language and thought.


Exploration

Although the evolution of humans and monkeys is similar, perhaps the main difference is that humans have language. Now you have a chance to read about how humans and chimps are alike and different. Read the articles below and use your student sheet to answer the questions about each article. You will discuss them later with the whole class

Go to and read:

In these two articles, you learned that the researchers sat some babies down in front of two video screens. In one video, two women were saying the word “look.” In the other video, three women were saying the word “look.”

Use the information you learned from these articles to answer the questions on your Exploring Learned and Innate Behavior student sheet.

Now you will learn about some of the ways humans and chimps are alike and different. Read these articles about chimps and answer the corresponding questions on your student sheet:

Continue your study about the similarities and differences between humans and chimpanzees by reading this article:


This esheet is a part of the Exploring Learned and Innate Behavior lesson.

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