ARES Research Seminars: Associate Professor Claudia Wascher
Waiting for better: The ability to delay gratification in non-human animals
In this ARES Research Seminar, Associate Professor Claudia Wascher (Behavioural Biology, Faculty of Science and Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University) discusses the ability to delay gratification in non-human animals.
- From: Wednesday 15 February 2023, 12 pm
- To: Wednesday 15 February 2023, 1 pm
- Registration: 12 pm
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Animals, including humans, are frequently faced with decisions that affect what options or rewards become available in the future (‘intertemporal choice’). The ability to withhold an immediate action in pursuit of a more preferred but delayed outcome (delay of gratification) is important for adaptive decision-making. Delay of gratification presents a significant cognitive challenge for both humans and non-human animals.
I will present evidence for the ability to delay gratification in corvids and will set this into a socio-ecological context. Further, I will present a first systematic review of delay of gratification performance in non-human animals.
The results suggest that species of a wide variety of taxa are able to cope with a delay in gratification to a certain degree and I will highlight substantial individual variation in waiting performance.
This event is internal only for NTU staff and ARES Postgraduate students.