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MAR 15, 2013 - Popular Science

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Cockatoos Forgo A Treat Now For Future Rewards

Great Goffin Sam Mugraby via Wikimedia CommonsDo you have as much self-control as a Goffin cockatoo? Could you hold a cookie in your mouth for a minute without eating it, if you were promised something even more delicious in exchange for the wait? Most animals can't control their impulse to gobble up the food in front of them. Humans, primates and corvids (a family of hoarding birds such as crows and ravens that already save food for later) can all delay delicious gratification for a minute or longer, but most animals can't wait more than a second or two. New research from the University of ... Read More

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