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April 28, 2020

Current studies

What’s the focus or focui of your current studies with the birds?


Hi Channin,

We are doing more cognitive than communicative work right now–it’s easier. We are looking at working memory, negation, delayed gratification, and something called ‘contrafreeloading’–where birds will work at a foraging-like task to get the same food they can get for free. We are working on labeling with Athena, and a vocal bigger-smaller task with Griffin (having him label the color of the object that is bigger or smaller).

Thank you,

Dr. Irene Pepperberg

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