ZOO monkeys turned on an Amazon Primate media system to see if they preferred music or video.
They even alternated between three possibilities by triggering infrared sensors.
The researchers put the “player” in a tunnel in an enclosure for three white-faced sakis.
Some days the zones had videos – worms, underwater scenes and abstract shapes that you could choose from by triggering the sensor.
The videos turned off when the monkeys lost interest – usually after a few seconds.
Other days there were three sound clips – electronic music plus traffic noise and rain.
Experts found the Sakis were slightly more likely to choose audio content, but not enough to say that was their preference.
dr Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas of the University of Glasgow, who led the research at a zoo in Finland, said: “We’ve previously studied how monkeys interact with video and audio content, but this is the first time we’ve had the option to do so offer to choose between the two.
“Our results raise a number of questions worth investigating further to help us build effective interactive systems.”
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