Self-control in crows, parrots and nonhuman primates.
Harrison, Rachael Miller
Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Cognitive science
John Wiley & Sons Inc.
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Harrison, R. M., Boeckle, M., Jelbert, S., Frohnwieser, A., Wascher, C. A., & Clayton, N. (2019). Self-control in crows, parrots and nonhuman primates.. Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Cognitive science, 10 (6), e1504. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcs.1504
Self-control is critical for both humans and non-human animals because it underlies complex cognitive abilities, such as decision-making and future planning, enabling goal-directed behaviour. For instance, it is positively associated with social competence and life success measures in humans. We present the first review of delay of gratification as a measure of self-control in non-human primates, corvids (crow family) and psittacines (parrot order): disparate groups that show comparable advanced cognitive abilities and similar socio-ecological factors. We compare delay of gratification performance and identify key issues and outstanding areas for future research, including finding the best measures and drivers of delayed gratification. Our review therefore contributes to our understanding of both delayed gratification as a measure of self-control and of complex cognition in animals.
Animals, Crows, Parrots, Primates, Humans, Behavior, Animal, Cognition, Self-Control
European Research Council (339993)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/wcs.1504
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/292278
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