When I was an undergraduate (over thirty years ago), I spent a year working with Alex, the African gray parrot who was part of Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research project on animal cognition. My experience with Alex included some unforgettable lessons. One of the greatest I learned from Beatrix Gardner, one of the researchers who taught the chimpanzee Washoe sign language.Continue reading A Dandelion for Alex
How my roommate listened to a tape of Alex and thought he knew what was what.
Every time I take our dog to the vet, I wish I could talk with her. Not to her — I do … More Sesame Seed Street: Talking With A Parrot Instead of To Him