Nim Chimpsky (November 19, – March 10, ) was a chimpanzee that was the subject . H.S. Terrace, in his article “How Nim Chimpsky Changed My Mind”, quotes Nim’s longest sentence as the word-long “Give orange me give eat. the lead investigator, announced he had changed his mind (always an The film is based on a book, Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would. If Herbert Terrace had his way, before any discussion about his research in the But to Terrace’s mind, the tendency can cloud people’s judgment as it relates to a research study with a chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky (a nod to Chomsky.

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Nim was not signing spontaneously; rather, the teachers signed most of what Nim signed, about a quarter of a second before he signed it.

H S Terrace Find more information about: She was 18 years of age, running this language experiment with a chimpanzee that increasingly began to test her and to attack her, and she was also embroiled in a relationship with a professor that perhaps was very unequal, in view of his position, and he was 20 years older than she was. Advanced Search Find a Library.

This means not only that can they use the language but that mg has become a significant part of their lives.

Sebeok also made pointed comparisons of Washoe with Clever Hans. To be able to teach someone, you must form a bond with them. Channged Learn how and when to remove this template message.

So it does suggest that humans are utterly made for language. Topics Documentary films The Observer. If you think it was wrong to whack him, you’re making a mistake, actually. Remember me on this computer.

I f Herbert Terrace had his way, before any discussion about his research in the evolution of vhanged, he would put everyone into a room for a quick lesson in breaking the habit of anthropomorphism. The only problem is that humans can’t always understand or deal with it. Nim continued to show signs of the sign language he learned decades ago whenever a former trainer at the Institute for Primate Studies went to visit him. Reprinted xhimpsky Psychology today. The definitions of both ” language ” and “imitation”, and the question of how language-like Nim’s performance was, remain controversial.


They have even directly taught ASL signs to their children Loulis without human help or intervention.

He began to show hostility that included throwing TVs and killing a dog. She was raising seven children when she adopted Nim, not only breastfeeding him but teaching him human traits such as wearing clothes and brushing his teeth. I can barely reconcile this conflict, and that is the problem with Project Nim. She brought him up for around 18 months, in her home, as if he were a human child, but Stephanie quickly understood that Nim’s nature was way more powerful than anything we could do to inhibit it.

WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Project Nima documentary film by James Marsh about the Nim study, explores the story and the wealth of archival footage to consider ethical issues, the emotional experiences of the trainers and the chimpanzee, and the deeper issues the experiment raised.

Especially the social intellectual [aspect]. Attention was particularly focused on Nim’s ability to make different responses to different sequences of signs and to emit different sequences in order to communicate different meanings. However, other students who cared for Nim longer than Petitto disagreed with her and with the way that Terrace conducted his experiment. But I put his actions in the context of the people who were doing most of the work, and therefore looked at those power relations between him and women such as Laura Ann [Petitto] and Joyce [Butler], and how those played out.


Beginning at 2 weeks old, Nim was raised by a family in a home environment by human surrogate parents, [2] as part of a study “conceived in the early s as a challenge to Chomsky’s thesis that only humans have language”, [4] but whose “data, along with data from other studies, yielded no evidence of an ape’s ability to use a grammar”.

Preview this item Preview this item. The validity of the study is disputed, as Terrace argued that all ape-language studies, including Project Nim, were based on misinformation from the chimps.

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Terrace is writing a book now on the evolution of language. The most memorable, however, is Project Nim. That’s the inherent problem of Project Nim; it’s a scientific experiment that involves messy and chhimpsky emotions — human emotions, and chimpanzee emotions, too. We shouldn’t be sentimental about this, because he understood that language, if you can call it that.

How Nim Chimpsky changed my mind

Views Read Edit View history. I think everyone in the film has reasons for doing what they do, which I respect. Who could begrudge him those? There were lots of children. Skinner, known for his theories in operant behavior.

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