Harvard University, Department of Psychology
"Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus)"
Abstract: Pepperberg has been studying the cognitive and communicative abilities of Grey parrots for over 40 years. She will very briefly describe the history of research on avian abilities, the training techniques that she has used to establish two-way communication with parrots, and highlights of her work with Alex that were possible because of this communication system. She will present data on her most recent research projects that have been carried out with her current subjects, Griffin and Athena, showing how their intelligence compares with that of human children.