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The Sciences

NCBI ROFL: Bonus double feature: pigeons vs. grad students, it's a tie!

DiscoblogBy ncbi roflJuly 9, 2009 2:20 AM

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Do pigeons (Columba livia) study for a test?

"In 4 experiments, the authors asked whether pigeons (Columba livia) would show metamemory by choosing to study a sample stimulus before taking a memory test...The findings of all of these experiments suggest the absence of metamemory in pigeons."

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Procrastination by pigeons: preference for larger, more delayed work requirements.

"In three experiments, pigeons chose between alternatives that required the completion of a small ratio schedule early in the trial or a larger ratio schedule later in the trial... These experiments found clear evidence for "procrastination"--the choice of a larger but more delayed response requirement."

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