Scientists Created a Device That Allows Monkeys to Play Sounds and Beats—Including Electronic Music –

Humans aren’t the only ones able to be moved by music.

Joining forces with the Animal-Computer Interaction research team at Aalto University’s Department of Computer Science, a team of Finnish scientists have developed a sound device for a group of saki monkeys at Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo to use to play and listen to music.

The tunnel-shaped device, which has a plywood floor and transparent acrylic roof and is able to reproduce sound, was placed in the monkeys’ habitat in the zoo. The animals were able to physically turn it on by themselves, eventually developing tastes or aversion to certain types of beats and sounds—including electronic music.

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