Scientists have given monkeys some terrible diseases and afflictions over the years. But now they have given them something to ease all that pain: Television. And they love it, just like humans!
The study found that when the monkey was witnessing the acrobatic performances of circus animals on a television screen, the frontal lobe area of its brain became vigorously active.
The activity in such an area was significant in reflecting the monkey's pleasure, as the human equivalent is a neurological area associated with triggering delight in a baby when it sees the smile of its mother.
Hmm... so the monkeys were essentially watching a stylized reproduction of their own miserable imprisonment. We may be that much closer to understanding why humans enjoy the American version of The Office (even though, honestly, it's not that funny compared to the British one.)