Stop and think.
Innovation is the ability to try something new, either inventing a novel solution to a problem or using a familiar behavior to solve a novel problem. Innovation is a defining aspect of human intelligence and the success of our species. Inhibitory control is the ability to suppress an ineffective, but prepotent, motor response. This ability to stop is thought to be important to the ability to innovate. For my dissertation research I am studying innovation and inhibitory control in wild spotted hyenas. It may be that the ability to “stop and think” was just as important in some ancestral mammals as the ability to “think” in the course of the evolution of intelligence.