1. Different types of knowledge are specialized to different brain systems. Via sciencedirect.com blogger.com Retreiving knowledge of from different conceptual categories depends on partially segregated systems, which are specific to different categories of knowledge. (image not necessarily accurate) 2. This includes personality, or "self-knowledge." Via psycnet.apa.org usercontent1.hubimg.com This type of knowledge "is acquired through domain-specific learning mechanisms, stored in proprietary databases, and retrieved via functionally specialized search engines." Basically, even knowledge about self operates through its own systems. 3. Monkeys might have self-knowledge too! Via listverse.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com search.proquest.com In one study, Rhesus monkeys learned to make wagers on their ability to perform well on tests based on the difficulty of previous tests. This indicates that rhesus monkeys have meta-cognitive abilities, which was previously thought to be unique to humans. 4. Monkeys can even ask for hints when they get stuck! Via columbia.edu photos1.blogger.com Rhesus monkeys have shown the ability to seek help specifically when a task is too difficult for them to figure out. Wow! 5. Monkeys learn by imitation, just like us! Via watermarkblogs.org content.time.com Studies have shown that monkeys copy each other in order to learn new methods. They also notice when we're copying their actions! 6. Wait, this list is turning into a list about monkeys. What's happening? Via cdn.collider.com This is getting confusing. 7. Studying other primates is a great way for us to learn about ourselves, and what makes us human. Via images.medicaldaily.com Some philosophers believe there are fundamental differences between humans and other rational animals, like our innate ability to learn language without being taught, and our capacity to refer to ourselves linguistically. Read: Danielle Macbeth, Haverford College. 8. Human brains are much bigger than those of other primates. Via encognitive.com brainfacts.org Most of the size difference is attributable to our huge number of neurons in our abnormally large association cortex which, conveniently enough, specializes in language and self-awareness. 9. Enough about monkeys? Take a break. Via hercampus.com search.proquest.com If this picture of (primate) Ryan Gosling isn't enough to get you to take breaks, consider this: studies have shown that, because of the primacy-recency effect, we tend to forget things we learn in the middle of long study sessions. Rest your brain! 10. You learn better when you're in a good mood. That's why I included all those cute pictures! Via abovethelaw.com search.proquest.com “Individuals are motivated to engage in situations with an emotionally positive valence and avoid those with an emotionally negative valence.” (Nick Van Dam) Hopefully those monkey pictures put you in a good enough mood to learn these facts!