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The Alex studies : cognitive and communicative abilities of grey parrots

Author: Irene M Pepperberg
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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20 years ago Pepperberg set out to discover whether results of pigeon studies necessarily meant that other birds were incapable of mastering cognitive concepts and the rudiments of referential speech. This is a synthesis of her studies.
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Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Irene M Pepperberg
ISBN: 0674008065 9780674008069
OCLC Number: 59449135
Notes: Originally published: 2000.
Description: 448 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 parrotunderstand 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 aparrot'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 aparrot 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?
Responsibility: Irene Maxine Pepperberg.

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