Monkeys, Like Humans, Also Creeped Out by the "Uncanny Valley"

"The uncanny valley, a phrase coined by a Japanese researcher nearly three decades ago, describes that disquieting feeling that occurs when viewers look at representations designed to be as human-like as possible -- whether computer animations or androids -- but somehow fall short."

"In the experiments, the monkeys, which normally coo and smack their lips to engage each other, quickly avert their glances and are frightened when confronted by the close-to-real images."

This is the first time this effect has been found in any animal other than human.

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