Mikel Delgado, Amanda Robin and squirrel with the KQED crew
Amanda Robin and KQED

KQED comes to campus to film the behaviors of frustrated squirrels – inspired by Mikel Delgado’s paper on this behavior – and finds it a frustrating experience! No, not really – but it wasn’t easy to get the right shots, to illustrate the research. Gilly played a supporting role… 

Delgado, M. M., & Jacobs, L. F. (2016). Inaccessibility of reinforcement increases persistence and signaling behavior in the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 130(2), 128–137. pdf: J Comp Psychol 2016 Delgado