Chapter 8: Conversations
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The Alex Studies: Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots. Irene Maxine Pepperberg. 1999. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence. Irene Pepperberg. 2008. New York: Random House.

Reinforcement Training as Interspecies Communication. Karen Pryor. 1987. In Dolphin Behavior and Cognition: A Comparative Approach. ed. Ronald Schusterman, Jeanette A. Thomas, and F.G. Woods. New York: Erlbaum Associates.

If I Could Talk To The Animals… Reinforcement Interactions as Communication.” Karen Pryor. 1992. President’s Invited Schlolar’s Address, Association for Behavior Analysis annual conference, San Francisco. In On Behavior, pp.353-63.

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