This experiment was modeled after the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment conducted by Walter Mischel in the late 1960s and early 1970s in which children were given a marshmallow and promised a better treat later if they did not eat it. The purpose of these experiments was to study delayed gratification.
The new results, published in the April 2014 issue of the journal Animal Behavior, suggest the birds aren’t just capable of controlling their impulses, they also choose when to give in to temptation.
Mischel followed up with the children and found that those who were able to wait longer for their preferred reinforcers tended to have better life outcomes. That said, are the crows with self-managing capabilities going to be more successful than their inpatient counterparts?
You can read the full article on the self-managing crows here.
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