The Cognitive Tradeoff Hypothesis S3 (Ep 1)

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Humans are the only Earthlings with complex language. But at what cost was that ability acquired? In this episode, I visit Tetsuro Matsuzawa to learn about his influential cognitive tradeoff hypothesis.
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Wissenschaft & Technikmindfield  experiments  Vsauce  stanford prison  sociology  futurism  technology  science  learning  mind reading  Chimpanzees  kyoto  kyoto university  Tetsuro Matsuzawa  language  psychology  Michael Stevens  vsauce  primates  brain  neuroscience  evolution  imagination  history  evolutionary psychology  japan  research  cognition  coginitive tradeoff hypothesis  memory  short term memory  


  1. ogpnw

    ogpnwVor 17 Stunden

    Loved this

  2. tritonmole

    tritonmoleVor 17 Stunden

    19:33 :D:D:D very human performance under stress

  3. Havel The Ganker

    Havel The GankerVor 17 Stunden

    youtube premium is not available in my country so thx michael

  4. Noelle B

    Noelle BVor 18 Stunden

    Wow I love Chimpanzees!❤️❤️❤️ and all the work that they are doing with them!

  5. Jaivin Wylde

    Jaivin WyldeVor 18 Stunden

    Here Michael vsause hey, or is it?

  6. NYA5H

    NYA5HVor 18 Stunden

    To perform at same speed as chimp - there must be 9 Michaels, sharing one task together! Each of 9 Michaels must remember position of his number. Each of 9 Michaels must touch screen in queued order. Otherwise it's like trying to outrun cheetah or outswim dolphin \(o.o)

  7. DK

    DKVor 18 Stunden

    Mind field is the only and probably will be the only DE-tube Red Series I payed for. It's worth it.

  8. Борис Разуваев

    Борис РазуваевVor 18 Stunden

    Спасибо Ютубу что могу смотреть иностранные видео с переведенными титрами, команда Vsauce-- молодцы

  9. Daniel Asher

    Daniel AsherVor 19 Stunden


  10. Soumia Ait Brahim

    Soumia Ait BrahimVor 19 Stunden

    dope stuff m8

  11. BowsertheLord

    BowsertheLordVor 19 Stunden

    Where is my boi WeegetheGod at?

  12. mMeFlora

    mMeFloraVor 19 Stunden

    the scientists was so nice and respectful to his chimps ❤️

  13. Patrick Confortoler

    Patrick ConfortolerVor 19 Stunden

    so it's possible photographic memory is actually a relation to our original brain layout.

  14. Luis Toby

    Luis TobyVor 19 Stunden

    Now am gay

  15. Mohsen Kanani

    Mohsen KananiVor 19 Stunden

    I was expecting "hey Vsauce!"at the beginning :(

  16. Paula Richter

    Paula RichterVor 19 Stunden

    They missed the chance to say charing is caring ahhh

  17. Yusuf Seedat

    Yusuf SeedatVor 19 Stunden

    I'm gonna have to pay for youtube just so I can watch the rest

  18. Jair Kappel

    Jair KappelVor 19 Stunden

    10:56 Michael's Yeahh is my favorite part xD

  19. Leandro S

    Leandro SVor 19 Stunden


  20. SiaarZH

    SiaarZHVor 20 Stunden

    hmm... so basically our governments are ran by chimpanzees.

  21. palewine

    palewineVor 20 Stunden

    What makes us human is... sharing?? Plenty of animals share with each other. This is not a specifically human trait at all. Furthermore, acquiring a mental ability (like language) doesn't *necessarily* have to sacrifice brain space. With the brain, size is not equal to functional power. For instance, Neanderthals had bigger brains than us.

  22. Mateo Fuego

    Mateo FuegoVor 20 Stunden

    Inb4 watching passed the intro. I theorize our ability to talk clogs our mind of too much words leaving no room for other memory things

  23. Rex Galilae

    Rex GalilaeVor 20 Stunden

    I feel like I wanna watch a Disney movie on this

  24. Charlie Metzger

    Charlie MetzgerVor 20 Stunden

    I'm interested to see how humans do when presented with letters/words instead of numbers. for instance put all the letters for APPLE on the screen jumbled and then the human has to pick the letters in the correct order to spell the word. I think humans would do much better with words and letters being flashed to them quickly rather than numbers 1-9

  25. svein torger søberg

    svein torger søbergVor 20 Stunden

    One thing that is missing from the study is how the vizual information(understanding the world around you for animals with "bad" or not traditional eyes) and is prosesed faster in animals with less inteligense and less komplex language unless they have somthing that makes up for that ability. That means we see less frames per seconds is seen by us then a chimp. Dogs can not eaven see what is happening on screen, because their vizual system do not get fooled by the RGB pixels

  26. David S.

    David S.Vor 20 Stunden

    I'll be back with my free trial of DE-tube Red when the season is complete.

  27. Stop reading my comment

    Stop reading my commentVor 21 Stunde

    I wish I could watch every episode for free

  28. doeskrippsayheyguyshowsitgoingkripparianhereoino

    doeskrippsayheyguyshowsitgoingkripparianhereoinoVor 21 Stunde

    Let's be honest, train a human child since birth, like that chimpanzee, how to play this game and chances are they'll perform just as well if not significantly better.

  29. CoolMan Caravan

    CoolMan CaravanVor 21 Stunde

    I feel like a monkey when I can't remember my dang e-mail password

  30. Adam A

    Adam AVor 21 Stunde

    I'm sorry but I have a couple of complaints about this entire episode. Saying that chimps have some sort of special memorization ability is just simply not true. I feel like this is something you can compare to a dog learning tricks and nothing else. Granted that chimps can recognize numerals but aside from that it's abolutly nothing special. Having micheal take the test and immidiatly fail at the 0.5 second test is like a doctor trying to be a car mechanic and compare to a professional in a matter of seconds. It requires training and time but eventually the doctor might be as good as the car mechanic. Same with this test. Have a human child take this test over and over for a year or two and you will have a child with really good recognition and reflexes necessary to ace this test. sorry I love your videos but you even mention in the video that the difficutly of the tests depend on the indivudual chimp. @ 6:10

  31. Adam Foster

    Adam FosterVor 21 Stunde

    It would be interesting to see how someone who has no language would do, is it actually our brain structure or just development as we learn language

  32. Dragos Cummins

    Dragos CumminsVor 21 Stunde

    I really like and respect you but at 2:18.... wow.... that shirt really doesn't go with those pants. The pants are ellegant and nice and the belt is nice but that shirt is for a farmer.... why did you make that combo? You should have used a white shirt.

  33. Adam Foster

    Adam FosterVor 21 Stunde

    So basically chimps have less going on in their minds, which means they can operate more efficiently. Its like a computer, if theres lots going on, ot takes longer

  34. Jeppe Tørnblad

    Jeppe TørnbladVor 22 Stunden

    1:44 getting stranger things vibes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  35. The anciant swordsman

    The anciant swordsmanVor 22 Stunden

    Still believe in God

  36. Jacek Masterofalltrades

    Jacek MasterofalltradesVor 22 Stunden

    The construction of the monkey valley is pure genius,bravo and respect to the Japanese science !

  37. Tim Roll

    Tim RollVor 22 Stunden

    Couldn't this study of Chimp memory be able to be applied to the study of how younger generations become more adept to technology as the need for the technology to seemingly survive because of this technology has increased? I see a parallel between how Ai, who I am totally guessing, didn't grow up with this touch screen technology and is a bit slower with only 3 numbers, while Ayumu who is growing up with this touch screen technology is nailing it like a boss with 9 numbers is really similar to how the younger human generation can navigate digital technology better than their parents. In this current generation of the internet we now use our smartphones to order stuff like food, and look for housing the next generation will rely on it even more as it becomes a staple of our civilization. So does that use of technology impact the memory of the younger chimp growing up with the use of the technology compared to the mother who didn't grow up with it; or are we just bringing the chimps from the stone age, which I heard they are currently at with using stone tools, to the technological age where they use touch screens with this experiment?

  38. Vishal Gauba

    Vishal GaubaVor 23 Stunden

    does anyone else miss vsauce's old original videos

  39. Mikey Confalone

    Mikey ConfaloneVor 23 Stunden

    I want to know who tf is disliking this video?? If the topic doesn't interest you just move on. Or do you dislike learning? If so I'm so sorry you have to live such a boring life like that :(

  40. Scott Free

    Scott FreeVor 23 Stunden

    So dumb

  41. nicholas osmond

    nicholas osmondVor 23 Stunden

    I doubt that was the first attempt by the chimp. It was trained to do that. give any human the same amount of time training to do that and I would imagine the results would be very different than trying this "test" for the first time.

  42. Daan Smets

    Daan SmetsVor 23 Stunden

    1:51 Is this background music in Stranger Things?

  43. Deven Waddell

    Deven WaddellVor 23 Stunden

    It takes a special kind of person to believe we have a common ancestor with this animal

  44. Aiman Ettaouil

    Aiman EttaouilVor Tag

    Hey vsauceee

  45. ScarFred

    ScarFredVor Tag

    Нифига не понятно

  46. AGJ

    AGJVor Tag

    You come from monkeys?🙈🙉🙊🐒

  47. Dhruba Kumar Gautam

    Dhruba Kumar GautamVor Tag

    michal so the person who cannot speak are more intelligent than us????????????????

  48. john clhugyugihjbvgbkj

    john clhugyugihjbvgbkjVor Tag

    2:04, One, we are. not animals.

  49. Kshitiz Poudel

    Kshitiz PoudelVor Tag

    vsauce plz come back for us

  50. Joe Round

    Joe RoundVor Tag

    They're using professional hired actors