Procrastination by pigeons with fixed-interval response requirements.

  • J E Mazur
  • Published 1998 in Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior


Two experiments studied the phenomenon of procrastination, in which pigeons chose a larger, more delayed response requirement over a smaller, more immediate response requirement. The response requirements were fixed-interval schedules that did not lead to an immediate food reinforcer, but that interrupted a 55-s period in which food was delivered at random… (More)