The adaptive value of preference for immediacy: when shortsighted rules have farsighted consequences

@article{Stephens2001TheAV,
  title={The adaptive value of preference for immediacy: when shortsighted rules have farsighted consequences},
  author={D. Stephens and D. Anderson},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  year={2001},
  volume={12},
  pages={330-339}
}
Results from the operant laboratory suggest that short-term benefits guide animal feeding decisions. These results appear to contradict evolutionarily-motivated models of foraging that emphasize long-term benefits. Because of this contradiction, some behavioral ecologists argue that natural selection must favor short-term benefits in some unknown way. This study addresses the contradiction by testing the feeding preferences of captive blue jays in two economically equivalent situations. The… Expand

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