Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

I’m already so excited to read and review this!

Irene Pepperberg’s memoir, tentatively titled “Alex and Me,” covers her 30 years with the parrot that could count to six, identify colors and even express frustration with repetitive scientific trials. It will be released this fall by Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins.

In a statement Thursday, the publisher called the book a story “of bonds built over time that transcend species barriers,” and how Alex and Dr. Pepperberg “battled against the prejudices of the academic establishment, which debated rigorously the ability of any other species to learn the human language.”

I’ve blogged extensively about Pepperberg’s work, and have even been lucky enough to meet her in person when she came to give a talk to the UM Neuroscience program last Spring. As reported here and elsewhere, Alex the parrot passed away at the age of 32 in the fall of 2007.


  1. #1 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    January 30, 2008

    You would have known about this a week ago if you read this interesting blog.

  2. #2 Shelley Batts
    January 30, 2008

    How right you are Tegumai! Thanks for leaving me that. Its been a hectic few weeks w/ the conference and new blog stuffs…

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