Self‐control in crows, parrots and nonhuman primates

Miller, Rachael and Boeckle, Markus and Jelbert, Sarah A. and Frohnwieser, Anna and Wascher, Claudia A. F. and Clayton, Nicola S. (2019) Self‐control in crows, parrots and nonhuman primates. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. ISSN 1939-5086

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Self‐control is critical for both humans and nonhuman animals because it underlies complex cognitive abilities, such as decision‐making and future planning, enabling goal‐directed behavior. 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 nonhuman 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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: comparative cognition, corvids, delayed gratification, parrots, self‐control
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2019 09:13
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 15:51

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