ANIMAL TOOL USE

the use of extraneous or external materials by animals, solely for the purposes of solving problems. Until recently, the use of tools was thought to be confined to humans - however, psychologists have demonstrated that apes can move crates to get to bananas, and birds are also able to use external materials in the creation of nests.

ANIMAL TOOL USE: "Animal tool use refers to the concept of animals utilizing extraneous materials to solve problems in the environment."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANIMAL TOOL USE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/animal-tool-use/ (accessed October 23, 2020).
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