Scientists discovered a way to get the lowly pigeon to play ping-pong.
Psychologist Burrhus Skinner (called “B.F.” by his BFF’s) says the remarkable feat was accomplished in just 3 steps:
- He rewarded the pigeons when they were near the ball
- rewarded them when they pecked the ball
- rewarded them when they pecked the ball to the other side of the table
Skinner says he just put two such pigeons together in the same cage.
You won’t believe what happened next:
Skinner called his revolutionary technique “Shaping” and announced his findings on his twitter channel.
Not everyone was happy with what they saw
If you think you can handle it, the full video of Skinner’s work is show below (NSFW):