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Project Nim Poster

Project Nim

In 1973 a newborn chimpanzee was deposited into a Manhattan family home. He was put there by Herbert Terrace, a behavioural psychologist at Columbia University, who wanted to test Noam Chomsky's thesis that language is peculiar to humans. Could a non-human animal learn sign language? The chimp was called Nim Chimpsky; the study was Project Nim.

1hr 33mins long

Stephanie LaFarge
Renee Falitz
Laura-Ann Petitto
Joyce Butler
Jenny Lee
James Mahoney
Herbert Terrace
Bob Ingersoll
Bill Tynan