Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Redefine Birdbrain with Irene M. Pepperberg & Alex

Alex & Me is the remarkable story of how a scientist and a parrot discovered a hidden world of animal intelligence--and formed a deep bond in the process.

The single greatest lesson Alex, an African Grey parrot, taught psychologist and researcher Irene M. Pepperberg is that animal minds are a great deal more like human minds than the vast majority of behavioral scientists believed--or, more importantly, were even prepared to concede might be remotely possible. In her 30-year investigation, Dr. Pepperberg discovered that Alex had an astonishing ability to communicate and to understand complex ideas.

In Alex & Me, Dr. Pepperberg gives students an inside look into the research that lead to this incredible scientific breakthrough--and she gives us an affectionate remembrance of her irascible, unforgettable, and always surprising best friend.

Irene M. Pepperberg is an associate research professor at Brandeis University and teaches animal cognition at Harvard University. She is head of the Alex Foundation.

If you would like to consider Alex & Me for one of your courses, please order a paperback examination copy. If you've already decided to assign the book as a required text, please request a desk copy.

Meanwhile, you and your students can meet Dr. Pepperberg and Alex in this video.

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