A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed For Human Children (5)

1 Name: Unverified Source : 2021-03-03 13:23 ID:c+1l/nSQ This thread was merged from the former /news/ board. You can view the archive here.

The marshmallow test, or Stanford marshmallow experiment, is pretty straightforward. A child is placed in a room with a marshmallow. They are told if they can manage not to eat the marshmallow for 15 minutes, they'll get a second marshmallow, and be allowed to eat both.

This ability to delay gratification demonstrates cognitive abilities such as future planning, and it was originally conducted to study how human cognition develops; specifically, at what age a human is smart enough to delay gratification if it means a better outcome later.

Because it's so simple, it can be adjusted for animals. Obviously you can't tell an animal they'll get a better reward if they wait, but you can train them to understand that better food is coming if they don't eat the food in front of them straight away.

Some primates can delay gratification, along with dogs, albeit inconsistently. Corvids, too, have passed the marshmallow test.

Last year, cuttlefish also passed a version of the marshmallow test. Scientists showed that common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) can refrain from eating a meal of crab meat in the morning once they have learnt dinner will be something they like much better - shrimp.


2 Name: Unverified Source : 2021-03-10 10:09 ID:68ieaexE

but can it pass the bechdel test???

3 Name: Unverified Source : 2021-03-28 02:36 ID:Yq/AO5QQ

Did you confuse Bechdel test with Harkness test or is that really what you meant?

4 Name: Unverified Source : 2021-03-28 17:56 ID:QGyRvaIR

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5 Name: Unverified Source : 2021-03-29 01:23 ID:Heaven

it's dead jim

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