Animal Cognition

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 671–678

An analysis of immediate serial recall performance in a macaque

  • Matthew M. Botvinick
  • Jun Wang
  • Elizabeth Cowan
  • Stephane Roy
  • Christina Bastianen
  • J. Patrick Mayo
  • James C. Houk
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10071-009-0226-z

Cite this article as:
Botvinick, M.M., Wang, J., Cowan, E. et al. Anim Cogn (2009) 12: 671. doi:10.1007/s10071-009-0226-z

Abstract

There has been considerable research into the ability of nonhuman primates to process sequential information, a topic that is of interest in part because of the extensive involvement of sequence processing in human language use. Surprisingly, no previous study has unambiguously tested the ability of nonhuman primates to encode and immediately reproduce a novel temporal sequence of perceptual events, the ability tapped in the immediate serial recall (ISR) task extensively studied in humans. We report here the performance of a rhesus macaque on a spatial ISR task, closely resembling tasks widely used in human memory research. Detailed analysis of the monkey’s recall performance indicates a number of important parallels with human ISR, consistent with the idea that a single mechanism for short-term serial order memory may be shared across species.

Keywords

Serial orderMacaqueWorking memory

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© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew M. Botvinick
    • 1
  • Jun Wang
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Cowan
    • 2
  • Stephane Roy
    • 2
  • Christina Bastianen
    • 2
  • J. Patrick Mayo
    • 3
  • James C. Houk
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Princeton Neuroscience InstitutePrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physiology, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Neuroscience, Center for Neuroscience and Center for the Neural Basis of CognitionUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA