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Question:

April 28, 2020

Current studies


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


Answer:

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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