ERIC Number: EJ848171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Reference Count: 31
A Behavioral Look at the Training of Alex: A Review of Pepperberg's "The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots"
Hesse, Bruce E.; Potter, Bill
Analysis of Verbal Behavior, v20 p141-151 2004
"The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots" by Irene Pepperberg is reviewed from a behavior analytic orientation. The results of the majority of her experiments are discussed in terms drawn from the general literature of behavior analysis and Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior. We conclude that she has provided evidence of the complex control of vocal behavior that illustrates a functional verbal repertoire of tacts and mands. This book suggests several areas for future research on the methods needed to establish verbal repertoires in species other than humans.
Descriptors: Verbal Communication, Animals, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Communication, Cognitive Ability, Verbal Ability, Behavioral Science Research, Language Acquisition, Concept Formation, Social Influences, Training Methods
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