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  • we were training him to identify all these different objects he learned to identify

  • fifty objects and seven colors and five shapes in quantities up to about six over the

  • years

  • but the issue was we started with objects that he wanted to obtain

  • so it's very easy to teach him to label those things

  • so we had to teach him

  • the label want

  • so that he could ask us for what he wanted as his reward

  • separate identification from requests 0:00:36.380,0:00:38.380 but sometimes he still

  • just didn't want to

  • work and he started with

  • this little nuh

  • we do things like show him an object

  • give you a time out

  • so he learned to say I'm going to go away he walk

  • to the edge of the perch away from us

  • sometimes you get all the wrong answers so if the answer was one color

  • he would repeat the six wrong colors

  • yeah

  • I think it was more fun for him made it more interesting

  • I think at some point if he could have said I've already done that

  • he would have because

  • I would need sixty sometimes a hundred trials

  • the statistical significance

  • he would sip through the first dozen and even twenty trials it was fun it was a new

  • project

  • and it then it was like hello

  • we've done this we've done this already don't make me do it again

  • I boring

  • you described in your book which I must interject is a wonderful book what a wonderful read

  • in any event you you say that in your years at purdue

  • you and Alex are like vagabonds as I recall well we

  • we did not have our own lab space basically

  • they shifted us from whatever was convenient from one place to another

  • I I I think we had you know for at least three maybe four different laboratories depending

  • on who needed what space

  • you know it's just okay whatever in as long as you let me do the work

  • but it was really difficult because each time we moved the lab

  • it interrupted

  • the training and I would imagine that it was difficult for alex initially to

  • make those transitions am I wrong about that no it was you know this a different space

  • is it safe

  • and it took him a while to to get used to each space

  • the test for colors and shapes tell the audience a little bit what that was

  • all about

  • well the idea was could and animal understand

  • categories and categories in a hierarchical sense

  • the idea is not just that this is you know what's green what is not green

  • but that green and blue in yellow formed a

  • category

  • they could be lumped under the term color

  • and in other categories like two three four five six that could be lumped under shape

  • and paper wood and rawhide under material

  • so the idea was learning categorical

  • concept label

  • color shape matter

  • and then learning which colors went under that

  • so that I could show him an object that had color and shape and material and say alex what's

  • this block

  • what color green

  • what shape four corner

  • what matter wood 0:03:22.489,0:03:25.859 so he understood all those concepts and also meant

  • that I was getting away from rote responses

  • so that's when I showed him an object he never knew what to say

  • until he heard me ask the question

  • that is significant not simply stimulus responds

  • oh I see this thing every time I see this thing I say green he had to think

  • he had to wait for my question

  • another particular comment that alex sometimes would make was the use of I'm

  • sorry

  • I can't wait to ask you this did he feel remorse there was no contrition 0:04:14.539,0:04:17.509 it was what he learned to defuse

  • a tense situation

  • it's the same thing that you see ritualized in animals

  • where a dog will will present its jugular as if to say you know up

  • I I'm sorry you know kill me it's okay

  • of course that difuses an aggressive

  • situation

  • and so alex learned to say I'm sorry

  • to do that and it it started because

  • he was sitting on a perch and I had some coffee and I wanted to go outside

  • for something

  • and I put the

  • coffee cup away from where I thought he could possibly get it

  • and I come back whatever it later and there he is on the floor with the coffee cup

  • in pieces all around him

  • and of course the first response like any mother type person you say AHH!

  • you know what happened how did you do that

  • then you stop and go this is a bird

  • your you're ranting it's not his fault this was an interesting thing he went to

  • explore it

  • he knocked it off the shelf then you are worried that he's hurt

  • so you pick him up and say I am sorry

  • and he put the two together and she's yelling at me and she says I'm sorry

  • if I say this she'll stop yelling at me

  • wow

  • what a great story

  • if Texas law

  • before

  • the patient

  • it's the progress

we were training him to identify all these different objects he learned to identify

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Animal Human Communications: Alex The Parrot

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    TeacherJennifer Bryne posted on 2015/03/06
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