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Dr. Pepperberg Reddit AMA

Dr. Irene Pepperberg


I am Dr. Irene Pepperberg, a researcher at Harvard University in the field of animal cognition, specifically of African Grey parrots. My work began with Alex, a colleague of mine for 30 years, who was shown to have the emotional age of about a 2 year old child and the intelligence of up to a 5-6 year old child. Our research in areas such as shapes, colors, bigger-or-smaller, and number concepts, revolutionized what the world knew about avian cognition. Following in his footsteps are Griffin, a 20 year old Grey, and Athena, a 2 year old Grey.

These days my work is entirely supported by The Alex Foundation: I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look at our website and Facebook page: and perhaps even be moved to make a contribution there. The Alex Foundation runs entirely on a small number of public contributions; even contributions of a few dollars help greatly!

Ask me anything about my research, including my lab, the parrots I work with, or anything related to general animal cognition. Please nothing regarding personal parrot or pet care, or working with your own animals on cognitive and communicative tasks. If you have a question or concern about your animal’s behavior or health, talk to your veterinarian!

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