Alex: One Smart Parrot

  • William A. Hillix
  • Duane M. Rumbaugh
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)

Abstract

Irene Pepperberg has a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry, which makes one wonder what possessed her to devote her professional life to teaching parrots. Here is her reply (personal communication, 2001).

Keywords

Human Child Vocal Learning Correct Object Chance Probability Grey Parrot 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. Hillix
    • 1
  • Duane M. Rumbaugh
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Psychology and BiologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Iowa Primate Learning SanctuaryDes MoinesUSA

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