21 March 2020, 15:00 - 16:00
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.