Pepperberg Visits Fairfax Campus to Discuss Abilities of Grey Parrots

Posted: March 30, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Irene Pepperberg, a professor at Brandeis University and the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, presents “In Search of King Solomon’s Ring: Studies on the Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots,” on Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3.

On Friday, she will speak at 4 p.m. in the Krasnow Institute, Room 229, and on Saturday, she will speak at 1 p.m. in Enterprise Hall, Room 80. Saturday’s discussion is open to the public, and a donation of $35 is requested.

Since 1977, Pepperberg’s studies in animal behavior and animal-human communications have provided insight into the capabilities of these animals to talk and to understand. Pepperberg currently works with four African Grey Parrots. Alex, the oldest, can count, identify objects, shapes, colors and materials, and knows the concepts of same and different. Pepperberg has begun work with phonics, and there is evidence to suggest that someday Alex may be able to read. Pepperberg is the author of The Alex Studies. Donations to the event will support her continued work with the parrots.

Register for the presentation online or arrive early on Saturday to register at the event. For more information on Pepperberg, visit her web site.

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