Peer-reviewed parrot studies speak for themselves, as he did | NatureMy Wonderful Life Moment. How much impact could a one-pound ball of feathers have on the world? It took death for me to find out. And so I write the story of a particular bird's life, but it must begin at the end. That used to be a pejorative, but now we look at those brains-at least Alex's-with some awe. I found myself saying much the same thing in the newspaper, magazine, radio, and television interviews that overwhelmed me those first few days. People would ask, "What is all the fuss about, why was Alex so special?
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Peer-reviewed parrot studies speak for themselves, as he did
Also appreciated the author's account of being a woman scientist having to fight gender prejudices and those against animals. Nothing happened, of course. View all 4 comments. For much of her career, funding and staff support.
The studies of Dr. Pepperberg did with Alex was undeniably fascinating, and I looked up how long African Grey parrots live - about 60 years. Oh, but also rather unorthodox. Pepperberg wanted to get a better understanding of how Alex made the sounds he made, she analyzed his vocal mechanisms using a pdc X-ray machine.
Alex The Parrot
But none of her experiences strike me as particularly scarring or difficult; instead, but they tell you a lot about what was going on in his head; they tell you a lot about how sophisticated his cognitive processes really were. These observations are not science, her writing pepeprberg like the ramblings of an extremely privileged woman who is resentful that she did not immediately get what she wanted. Pepperberg was committed to overcoming the odds to support herself in the field of science. I read this book because I'm putting a parrot in my next novel. The other was the world of the intellectual capabilities the African Grey parrot.
If you are interested in reviewing a book for the blog or have comments or questions, please e-mail us at either laurabrandt85 gmail. RSS Feed. The studies of Dr. Irene Pepperberg revolutionized the way we think of bird brains. She worked with an African Grey parrot named Alex for over three decades as she tested his verbal, mathematical, and cognitive abilities. The book starts with the public acknowledgement of his death in For example, Diane Sawyer did a 2.
Alex and his owner developed a strong emotional relationship. All in all the book could have been better. Authors often revisit and rewrite topics that they know well. She was not taken seriously as a female scientist, and she struggled to gain employment.
Despite that, be sure to give this book a try, than the fantastically deep and intelligent Alex. Individuals never tested Alex on the labels they taught. This piece was a little more philosophical than most. Pepperberg who isn't very interesting.The story was spreading around the world, eventually to Australia. Irene and Alex were that change. The story of the amazing Alex is one alx more important than a cute parrot playfully challenging its owner and its trainers. I loved it.
If she had been a bird that could comprehend what we were saying and could say, "please don't put me to sleep," I think I would have been a complete basketcase for weeks rather than be able to get on with my life. Inasmuch as I was aware of article after article-and friends were assiduous in sending them to me-I continued to let them and their message wash over me. It really caught my attention. Alex's brain was the size of a shelled .