The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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Resistance to Impulsivity and Temporal Discounting in Canis lupus familiaris


Willey Dow


Based on the Petter, Musolino, Roberts, and Cole (2009) finding that dogs were able to utilize cues to choose a baited container at a rate significantly higher than they chose an empty container and the Cole (1990) finding that albino rats continued to press a lever after an initial lever press delivered a foot pellet when additional lever presses banked pellets the current study predicted that a dog could learn to make decisions that resist impulsivity for a reward delivered after a short temporal delay. The results of this experiment support that prediction. The subject chose to consume a smaller quantity of food from a white container significantly more often than an equal or larger quantity of food from a black container when rewarded for doing so.

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