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While monkeys lack the ability to recognize they're looking at themselves when looking in the mirror, they can be taught to do so, according to a new study.
In the first study of its kind in an animal species that has not passed a critical test of self-recognition, cognitive psychologist Justin J. Couchman of the University at Buffalo has demonstrated that rhesus monkeys have a sense of self-agency -- the ability to understand that they are the cause of certain actions -- and possess a form of self awareness previously not attributed to them.
Lukas, the Worldâ€™s Smartest Horse (according to the World Records Academy) and Guinness World Record Holder, will participate in an experiment designed to determine his level of self-awareness.
Typically, monkeys don't know what to make of a mirror -- they may ignore it or interpret their reflection as another, invading monkey, but they don't recognize the reflection as their own image.