Friday, December 7, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Chimpanzees, the midlife crisis and us - Researcher
It's a familiar theme in sitcoms and film ... but new research suggests the savannas of Africa and jungles of Sumatra are also criss-crossed with roads not travelled. Chimps and orangutans may also get middle-aged crazy.
Alex Weiss is a senior lecturer at University of Edinburgh and a member of the Scottish Primate Research Group. He co-authored a recent research paper that he says shows apes can experience a mid-life crisis. Alex joined us from Edinburgh.
Chimpanzees, the midlife crisis and us - Sociologist
People suffering from mid-life crisis can choose to work out at the gym, volunteer, or find a hobby. But when it comes to lifestyle choices, depressed chimps have few natural selections. We heard from the host of CBC Radio's WireTap, Jonathan Goldstein reading the Guardian's version of a diary of a middle-aged chimp.
Our next guest isn't convinced these late life dips in well-being are coded into our shared biology. Deborah Carr is a professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. She was in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
This segment was produced by The Current's Jessica DeMello and Shannon Higgins.
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