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My dad had a parrot and it didn’t like me. Pepperberg’s work with her bird Alex, along with similar work bein Iree Pepperberg was just finishing up a PhD in chemistry when a nature program on animal cognition caused her to abruptly change fields and begin the life-long study of the learning abilities of African Gray parrots.

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Sure, all life is connected and interdependent, but that doesn’t mean you can’t identify hierarchies for specific qualities.

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Animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg bought Alex peppergerg a pet store while a researcher at Purdue University. Most people shouldn’t own birds because most people cannot provide them with the time and attention that they need to not become bored. Pepperberg did not claim that Alex could use “language”, instead saying that he used a two-way communications code. Honey, if that’s the worst experience you can remember from your childhood I was already an adult and didn’t live with my parents but I felt sorry for the poor bird as I knew it would outlive my dad it did and that the bird’s life was to be more of an interactive plant than a member of the household.


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I’ve also drawn some interesting conclusions as a result of irens it: Ultimately, Pepperberg demonstrates that her methods were rigorous and produced statistically and practically significant results.

Anr their years together Alex learned to label objects, he understood numbers up to six, he knew his colors, he had a concept of “none” and much more.

Pepperberg 1 7 Apr 07, Pepperberg broke new ground with Alex. Overall, the book wa I’m on p.

There was just one thing that I was disappointed about. Most read by linguistpsychologist and bird fans.

This was published within a year of Alex’s death. Disrturbingly, the scapegoat of all On October 25ales two weeks of his possible re-election, Senator Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, were killed in an airplane crash. Archived from the original on 11 February Preliminary research also seems to indicate that Alex could carry over the concept of four blue balls of wool on a tray to four notes from a piano.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology with her latest pet parakeet. Pepperberg asked him, “What color three? Feb 05, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 15, Rae rated it it was amazing Shelves: The story was poignant and funny at the same time.

The author of this book made a similar statement in her conclusion. Archived ahd the original on In later years, Alex sometimes assumed the role of one of Pepperberg’s assistants by acting as the “model” and “rival” in helping to teach a fellow parrot in the lab. And his owner is just brilliant.


I would love to see Pepperberg do this now that time has passed. He could identify sounds made by two-letter combinations such as SH and OR. Retrieved 19 January Oct 28, Lynn G. Pepperberg began doing research on the cognitive capacities of a Gray parrot, Alex, in the s, a time when animals were widely believed to be little more than bio-automatons, lacking not only intellectual capability, but emotions as well. Stunned, a public service was put together honoring him.

Alex (parrot)

Aelx The book begins with the death, then goes back an the beginning of Irene’s life and works right through up to Alex’s death again.

But non I wanted to love this book because I’ve read a lot of thirdhand information about Alex from other scientists. So if you’re looking at superiority defined in terms of being able to build ever more sophisticated tools and artifacts, humans win, hands down. I read it years ago when my mom let me borrow her kindle.