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Curr Biol. 2005 Nov 8;15(21):R874-6.

Decision making: the virtue of patience in primates.

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  • 1Department of Neurobiology, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA.


Marmoset monkeys devalue rewards requiring travel to acquire, but tamarin monkeys do not, despite the greater patience of marmosets when rewards are delayed in time. Such preference reversals, not predicted by standard economic theory, may reflect behavioral mechanisms adaptively specialized for different spatial and temporal patterns of foraging.

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