The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots / Edition 1

The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots / Edition 1

by Irene Maxine Pepperberg
     
 

Twenty years ago Irene Pepperberg set out to discover whether large-brained, highly social parrots were capable of mastering complex cognitive concepts and the rudiments of referential speech. Her investigation and the bird at its center--a male Grey parrot named Alex--have since become almost as well known as their primate equivalents and no less a subject of fierce… See more details below

Overview

Twenty years ago Irene Pepperberg set out to discover whether large-brained, highly social parrots were capable of mastering complex cognitive concepts and the rudiments of referential speech. Her investigation and the bird at its center--a male Grey parrot named Alex--have since become almost as well known as their primate equivalents and no less a subject of fierce debate in the field of animal cognition. This book represents the long-awaited synthesis of the studies constituting one of the landmark experiments in modern comparative psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674008069
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
900,348
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction: In Search of King Solomon's Ring

2. Can We Really Communicate with a Bird?

3. Can a Parrot Learn Referential Use of English Speech?

4. Does a Parrot Have Categorical Concepts?

5. Can a Parrot Learn the Concept of Same/Different?

6. Can a Parrot Respond to the Absence of Information?

7. To What Extent Can a Parrot Understand and Use Numerical Concepts?

8. How Can We Be Sure That Alex Understands the Labels in His Repertoire?

9. Can a Parrot Understand Relative Concepts?

10. What Is the Extent of a Parrot's Concept of Object Permanence?

11. Can Any Part of a Parrot's Vocal Behavior Be Classified as "Intentional"?

12. Can a Parrot's Sound Play Assist Its Learning?

13. Can a Parrot's Sound Play Be Transformed into Meaningful Vocalizations?

14. What Input Is Needed to Teach a Parrot a Human-based Communication Code?

15. How Similar to Human Speech Is That Produced by a Parrot?

16. How Does a Grey Parrot Produce Human Speech Sounds?

17. Conclusion: What Are the Implications of Alex's Data?

Notes

References

Glossary

Credits

Index

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