If you’ve ever rage quit after losing a game of chance, you’re not alone. Bonobos and chimpanzees also do it. The apes studied underwent two types of tests: one was a game of patience, the other was a game of risk. To the victors went the spoils of a highly desired food treat. If the gamble didn’t pay off, they received a snack that wasn’t quite as good.
When they realized they were about to lose the gamble, many tried to change their answer. By then, it was too late.
Bonobos were shown to take risks more often than the chimps, but both groups showed negative emotions when they lost the gamble did not get the preferred prize. They threw tantrums that included moaning, pouting, and hitting things.
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