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About the Author

Scientist Irene Maxine Pepperberg was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 1, 1949. She received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Pepperberg is an adjunct psychology professor at Brandeis University and active in wildlife mostrar mais conservation. She is also the president and founder of The Alex Foundation, a non-profit organization. Pepperberg's studies focus on animal cognition, animal behavior, and comparative psychology, and she is well-known for her successful work in teaching Alex, an African Grey Parrot, a large vocabulary and the ability to identify objects by color, shape, number, and material. Pepperberg has published many scholarly books and articles, which appear in journals including Animal Cognition and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. She also wrote the New York Times-bestseller Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Associated Works

What Is Your Dangerous Idea? Today's Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable (1914) — Contribuinte — 633 cópias, 8 resenhas
The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution (2012) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias


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Really good book - about a character in my lifetime that literally has taken great steps toward changing the world. It makes me sad to think he died - and I'm wishing that the results of the necropsy (why did he die?) would have been revealed... great story even so.

this is not about dogs - its about intelligence and I dont want to forget I read it. (10/01/23)
asl4u | outras 79 resenhas | Jul 21, 2024 |
Alex, if not Irene Pepperberg, is a household name. I vaguely remember in middle school watching the famous Alex videos and having all of my ideas about animal intelligence challenged. My dad eagerly tells of his experience meeting Irene Pepperberg (I'm sure I'll get an e-mail from him reminding me that he knows her personally after I publish this review), so they're both definitely household names in my life. Therefore, there is little attempt to familiarize the reader with the story of Alex or why he is important and the attempt that is made (a painfully long intro/eulogy) is unnecessary.

I was expecting the book to largely focus on the science of working with Alex and how Dr. Pepperberg formulated the work as she had and what she has concluded. Instead, Dr. Pepperberg makes the decision to really write a memoir, which turns out to be a fascinating look at how much being a scientist requires overcoming opposition and how favored one is by lucky coincidences. Most interesting, to me, at least, is Pepperberg's explorations of the setbacks she faces, especially as a female scientist, and the unconventional methods she turns to to get funding and faculty support. It is really very telling about the state of American science that as famous of a scientist as Pepperberg is, she still reverts to private funding and adjunct faculty positions.
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settingshadow | outras 79 resenhas | Aug 19, 2023 |
Alex & Me is a small book about a little bird who made large contributions to the scientific community. So much so, that after his tragically premature death he was eulogized by all the major TV networks, newspapers and magazines . This book is a fascinating discussion of those incredible contributions.
kevinkevbo | outras 79 resenhas | Jul 14, 2023 |
thezenofbrutality | outras 79 resenhas | Jul 5, 2023 |


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