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July 9, 2009

A Pigeon Solves the Classic Box-and-Banana Problem

Real laboratory footage showing a pigeon solving Wolfgang Kohler’s famous box-and-banana problem, which he studied with chimpanzees in the early 1900s. Dr. Robert Epstein and his colleagues used operant conditioning techniques to get pigeons to solve this problem “spontaneously” in the 1980s.This and related studies were summarized in Dr. Epstein’s 1996 book, Cognition, Creativity, & Behavior. For information about Dr. Epstein’s research on creativity–and his scientifically-validated techniques for boosting creativity in HUMANS, visit

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