Gamblers' and pigeons' brain works in a similar way, while making risky decisions, claims a new study.
Research, led by Dr Elliot Ludvig of the University of Warwick's Department of Psychology, found that both human gamblers and pigeons were 35 percent more likely to gamble for high-value than low-value rewards.
Dr Ludvig, said that both humans and pigeons were shown to be less risk averse for high rewards then they were for low rewards and this was linked to the past memories and experiences of making risky decisions of people.
He further explained that birds are distantly related to humans, yet people still share the same basic psychology that drives risk-taking and this might be due to a shared common ancestry or similar evolutionary pressures.
The study is published in Biology Letters.