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Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) transfer tokens repeatedly with a partner to accumulate rewards in a self-control task.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23381691     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
There has been extensive research investigating self-control in humans and nonhuman animals, yet we know surprisingly little about how one's social environment influences self-control. The present study examined the self-control of chimpanzees in a task that required active engagement with conspecifics. The task consisted of transferring a token back and forth with a partner animal in order to accumulate food rewards, one item per token transfer. Self-control was required because at any point in the trial, either chimpanzee could obtain their accumulated rewards, but doing so discontinued the food accumulation and ended the trial for both individuals. Chimpanzees readily engaged the task and accumulated the majority of available rewards before ending each trial, and they did so across a number of conditions that varied the identity of the partner, the presence/absence of the experimenter, and the means by which they could obtain rewards. A second experiment examined chimpanzees' self-control when given the choice between immediately available food items and a potentially larger amount of rewards that could be obtained by engaging the token transfer task with a partner. Chimpanzees were flexible in their decision-making in this test, typically choosing the option representing the largest amount of food, even if it involved delayed accumulation of the rewards via the token transfer task. These results demonstrate that chimpanzees can exhibit self-control in situations involving social interactions, and they encourage further research into this important aspect of the self-control scenario.
Authors:
Audrey E Parrish; Bonnie M Perdue; Theodore A Evans; Michael J Beran
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2013-02-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Animal cognition     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1435-9456     ISO Abbreviation:  Anim Cogn     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-18     Completed Date:  2014-04-03     Revised Date:  2014-07-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814573     Medline TA:  Anim Cogn     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  627-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Choice Behavior
Female
Male
Pan troglodytes / psychology*
Reward*
Social Behavior*
Token Economy*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
HD-060563/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; P01 HD060563/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
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