A novel test of planning ability: Great apes can plan step-by-step but not in advance of action

@article{Tecwyn2013ANT,
  title={A novel test of planning ability: Great apes can plan step-by-step but not in advance of action},
  author={Emma C. Tecwyn and Susannah K. S. Thorpe and Jackie Chappell},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={2013},
  volume={100},
  pages={174-184}
}
The ability to identify an appropriate sequence of actions or to consider alternative possible action sequences might be particularly useful during problem solving in the physical domain. We developed a new 'paddle-box' task to test the ability of different ape species to plan an appropriate sequence of physical actions (rotating paddles) to retrieve a reward from a goal location. The task had an adjustable difficulty level and was not dependent on species-specific behaviours (e.g. complex tool… CONTINUE READING
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