Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process




      Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
Alex Me is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary relationship between psychologist Irene M Pepperberg and Alex, an African Grey parrot who proved scientists and accepted wisdom wrong by demonstrating an astonishing ability to communicate and understand complex ideas A New York Times bestseller and selected as one of the paper s critic sTop Ten Books of the Year, Alex Me is much that the story of an incredible scientific breakthrough It s a poignant love story and an affectionate remembrance of Pepperberg s irascible, unforgettable, and always surprising best friend. Read Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene M. Pepperberg – heartforum.co.uk

Irene Maxine Pepperberg is a scientist noted for her studies in animal cognition, particularly in relation to parrots She is an adjunct professor of psychology at Brandeis University and a lecturer at Harvard University She is well known for her comparative studies into the cognitive fundamentals of language and communication, and was one of the first to try to extend work on language learning in animals other than humans exemplified by the Washoe project to a bird species Dr Pepperberg is also active in wildlife conservation, especially in relation to parrots.

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  • Hardcover
  • 232 pages
  • Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
  • Irene M. Pepperberg
  • English
  • 06 June 2018
  • 0061672475

10 thoughts on “ Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence—and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process

  1. Will Byrnes says:

    Ms Pepperberg began doing research on the cognitive capacities of a Gray parrot, Alex, in the 1970s, a time when animals were widely believed to be littlethan bio automatons, lacking not only intellectual capability, but emotions as well Pepperberg endured years, decades of ridicule, scorn, resistance and a continuing challenge in attempting to find funding to persist with her work This is her story of Alex, a remarkable animal, clearly possessed of great personality, intelligence, even Ms Pepperberg began doing research on the cognitive capacities...

  2. Jessica says:

    So, here s what I expected a touching memoir about the trials and tribulations and joys and moments of wonder of working closely with a remarkable creature.I ve heard it said that children often have an easier time bonding with animals than adults If I were going to theorize, I d say that maybe it s because although animals may have an inner life that resembles that of humans Alex certainly seemed to it s not often as developed in animals They re too busy surviving to spend much So, here s what...

  3. Lena says:

    Irene Pepperberg was just finishing up a PhD in chemistry when a nature program on animal cognition caused her to abruptly change fields and begin the life long study of the learning abilities of African Gray parrots At the time she first purchased a 13 month old Gray from a Chicago pet store, prevailing behaviorist theory held that animals were strictly creatures of instinct, incapable of true language or higher order thinking Pepperberg s work with her bird Alex, along with similar work Irene Pepperberg was just finishing up a PhD in chemistry when a nature program on animal cognition caused her to abruptly change fields and begin the life long study of the learning abilities of African Gray parrots At the time she first purchased a 13 month old Gray from a Chicago pet store, prevailing behaviorist theory held that animals were strictly creatures of instinct, incapable of true language or higher order thinking Pepperberg s work with her bird Alex, along with similar work being done with chimpanzees and dolphins, directly challenged these assumptions and helped change the way that we think about animal brains.There are several stories woven within Pepperberg s memoir about her thirty years with Alex She discusses her training methodology and the various breakthroughs they had that demonstrated Alex s brain was clearly...

  4. Leanne Ellis says:

    I loved it I tried to read The Alex Studies years ago, but it was so heavy on the scientific detail and analysis that I lost interest This is written for the non scientist with such a lovely, human voice As a long time bird lover who is very aware of how intelligent birds can be, I still found my mouth literally dropping open in surprise at some of the intellectual feats Alex accomplished He could add He could sound out words And ...

  5. Sandra Dark says:

    I m on p.40 and very surprised that the author is taking so long to get into her and Alex s story These 40 pages could have been condensed into an Introduction.Okay, I finished this And once Dr Pepperberg got past talking about herself, Alex came to life The degree of communication that he developed with human language was astounding just one example of how little humans have credited the ability of other species to communicate among themselves, let along cross species.Overall, the book I m on p.40 and very surprised that the author is taking so long...

  6. Mmars says:

    On October 25 2002, within two weeks of his possible re election, Senator Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, were killed in an airplane crash Stunned, a public service was put together honoring him Speakers from many walks of life spoke in his honor Unsurprisingly and Paul would likely have enjoyed it the speeches became political The media and opposite party villified this aspect of an overwhelmingly emotional event that spilled out into the streets Disrturbingly, the scapegoat of all On October 25 2002, within two weeks of his possible re election, Senator Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, were killed in an airplane crash Stunned, a ...

  7. da AL says:

    Much enjoyed learning about the capacity of animals to learn and about their intrinsic unique personalities Also appreciated the author s account of being a woman scientist having to fight gender prejudices and those against animals.

  8. Amy says:

    I m personally not a bird person, but I started listening to the audiobook version of this book mainly because it was available from my library, but also because a co worker has a 2 year old African grey parrot named Gracie After hearing tales from him about his bird child that sound very similar to tales I tell of my 2 year old human child, I thought this would be an interesting book to read Notthan a couple of hours after I finished reading this book about a famous African Grey Parrot I m personally not a bird person, but I started listening to the audiobook version of this book mainly because it was available from my library, but also because a co worker has a 2 year old Afric...

  9. Lynn G. says:

    I had read an article about Alex the African Grey parrot some years ago, prior to his death I was fascinated by Alex s ability to communicate with Irene Pepperberg, who purchased him at a Chicago area pet store when she began her research at Purdue University in the 1970s.This book was both a personal tale of Alex s life and a non technical look at the journey along the path of theories of communication and language and how animals and humans fit into the continuum Alex had an irrepressible I had read an article about Alex the African Grey parrot some years ago, prior to his death I was fascinated by Alex s ability to communicate with Irene Pepperberg, who purchased him at a Chicago area pet store when she began her research at Purdue University in the 1970s.This book was both a personal tale of Alex s life and a non technical look at the journey along the path of theories of communication and language and how animals and humans fit into the continuum Alex had an irrepressible personality and a gift for learning Time and again he defied the conventional wisdom about what a bird brain had the capacity to do Irene Pepperberg...

  10. Amy says:

    I read this book because I m putting a parrot in my next novel I confess that I skipped past the first few chapters about her early life I was all SHOW ME THE PARROT But soon enough, we got to the parrot, and that part was totally satisfying I was totally fascinated to learn ju...

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