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An end to insight? New Caledonian crows can spontaneously solve problems without planning their actions

Taylor, Alex H; Knaebe, Breanna; Gray, Russell

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Animals rarely solve problems spontaneously. Some bird species, however, can immediately find a solution to the string-pulling problem. They are able to rapidly gain access to food hung on the end of a long string by repeatedly pulling and then stepping on the string. It is currently unclear whether these spontaneous solutions are produced by insight or by a perceptual-motor feedback loop. Here, we presented New Caledonian crows and humans with a novel horizontal string-pulling task. While the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/60338
Source: Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1998

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