Gamblers Compared to Pigeons

UK psychologists at Warwick University claim that the risks that gamblers make are similar to the actions of greedy pigeons.

"Both humans and pigeons were shown to be less risk averse for high rewards than they were for low rewards and this is linked to our past memories and experiences of making risky decisions," said Dr. Elliot Ludvig,, one of the authors.

"When people gamble, they often rely on past experiences with risk and rewards to make decisions. What we found in this study is that both gamblers and pigeons used these past experiences in very similar ways to guide their future gambling decisions."

"Birds are distantly related to humans, yet we still share the same basic psychology that drives risk-taking," Ludvig said. "This may be due to a shared common ancestry or similar evolutionary pressures."
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    I wonder who came up with that one. Pigeons huh. It sounds like some guy/lady or in this case, some dirty bird with a chip on their shoulder, LOL, needed to lash-out on gamblers. Well, I will try not to take it personally.
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    Haha and pigeons use to "lay" poop everywhere. :D
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    You are right mimi, scientist this day like juornalist, who want get attention and money in any way, so they "discovering" more and more incredible stupid facts..
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    I think they are making up nothing... trying to maintain being relevant scientists while clearly insulting us in the process!
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    I really hope this is a joke article. Because what really takes the example of someone acting like a pigeon is the people who did this non related research. I hope that these people are not getting paid to do such non sense. And if they are I hope its not money that was donated or government funded. If it was then someone needs to really look at this company and what they are doing with their funding. Because this article seems like someone spent money and needed to provide a research to fill that missing money and while thinking about it they happen to be sitting on a bench in a park with pigeons and on their cell phone online gaming and must have lost;;;;;;;; taking it out in a so called "research article".
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    I wonder what a study of politicians would show? Bird brained indeed. Another example of wasteful spending.
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    hahaha :) Let's spin those slots. Go pigeons go. LOL mental Dr. Elliot Ludvig from Warwick University
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    Animals are made of their instinct, but it is very questionable are the humans made of their instincts, too? Every university pull up some studies and researches just to be in newspapers. You can't rely on those studies cause all of them are just to get some publicity and to raise credits. We can be compared to any animal they choose, but at the end humans are the most complex system of any other. Djordje Balasevic said "Gambler is squatting in everyone and waiting for a chance to get up".
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    Hahahaha killing me ..
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    Funny.I don't like to be compared with a pigeon but this article was funny.The scientists don't know what to study anymore...lol.Nice one

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