Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Great Apes Suffer Mid-Life Crisis, Study Finds

Some of us know all about having a midlife crisis. Now a new report says chimpanzees and orangutans have them, too.

Do Great Apes Suffer Mid-Life Crisis? (Flickr photo Chi King)
Do Great Apes Suffer Mid-Life Crisis? (Flickr photo Chi King)

Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick in England, who reported those findings, says maybe we inherit that midlife period of discontent through evolution. After all, apes don’t have jobs, mortgages and marriages.

To do the study, researchers assessed the moods of more than 500 apes in zoos and other facilities around the world. The results showed that on average, the mood of the apes over their lifetimes descended to a low point around midlife before rising again.

That’s comparable to the pattern seen in people. The work appears in Monday’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!