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Orangutans make complex economic decisions about tool use


Donnerstag, 14 Februar 2019 11:33 Science News

 

14.02.19 | Science Daily | University of Vienna

Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. Now a group of cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists from the University of Vienna, the University of St Andrews and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna that included Isabelle Laumer and Josep Call, has studied tool related decision-making in a non-human primate species -- the orangutan. They found that the apes carefully weighed their options: eat an immediately available food reward or wait and use a tool to obtain a better reward instead? To do so the apes considered the details such as differences in quality between the two food rewards and the functionality of the available tools in order to obtain a high quality food reward, even when multidimensional task components had to be assessed simultaneously.

 

To view full article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190214100031.htm

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