What is it about?

The study examined how chimpanzees interact with touchscreen devices when performing drawing tasks with the help of a specialized stick tool. Researchers observed and analyzed the behavior of several chimpanzees as they used the touchscreen and tool, and found that they were able to successfully complete the drawing tasks. The study suggests that chimpanzees have the ability to learn and adapt to new technological tools, show individuality in drawing and may have the potential to develop further skills in this area.

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Why is it important?

The study is important because it demonstrates that chimpanzees have the cognitive ability to learn and use new tools, even when it comes to interacting with touchscreen devices. This finding adds to our understanding of chimpanzee intelligence and the potential for them to adapt to changing environments. The study also highlights the importance of providing enrichment activities for captive chimpanzees, as learning new skills can help promote their overall well-being. Additionally, the research provides insight into how non-human primates may respond to new technology, which could have implications for fields such as animal welfare and conservation.


The study opens up several perspectives for further research. One possibility is to explore the extent of chimpanzee learning and adaptation to touchscreen devices and other forms of technology. This could shed light on the potential for non-human primates to develop even more advanced skills in the future. Additionally, the study raises questions about how technology may impact the lives of captive chimpanzees and whether or not it could be used as a tool for enrichment and cognitive stimulation. Furthermore, this study has implications beyond chimpanzees and could stimulate research of Biological Anthropology and the evolution of drawings in animals, including humans.

Cedric Sueur
Universite de Strasbourg

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This page is a summary of: Tool assisted task on touchscreen: a case study on drawing behaviour in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Folia Primatologica, February 2023, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/14219980-bja10008.
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