Waiting for future rewards: how animals cope with a delay in gratification

21 March 2020, 15:00 - 16:00
Cambridge campus

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Shall I eat the dough now or wait for the cookie later?

Humans often need to decide between an immediate reward or a greater but delayed reward. Self-control or the ability to wait is important when making decisions and planning for the future. But can non-human animals also be patient and wait for future rewards?

Behavioural ecologist Dr Claudia Wascher discusses whether animals can cope with a delay in gratification, focusing on research in primates and corvids.

Event Details

21 March 2020, 15:00 - 16:00
Cambridge campus
Booking opens on 10 February at 11am. Book tickets on the Cambridge Science Festival website.