Avian Einsteins

How do we learn to speak? What is the connection between language and movement? Join a broad and distinguished panel of biologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers, musicians and writers, including leading bird scientists Erich Jarvis and Irene Pepperberg, on an exploration of how striking parallels between bird and human brains are providing sharp new insights into how we acquire language and links between hearing and movement. Featuring a special appearance of Snowball, the dancing cockatoo of YouTube fame.

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Original Program Date: June 13, 2009
MODERATOR: Faith Salie
PARTICIPANTS: Erich Jarvis, Irene Pepperberg, Jonathan Rosen, David Rothenberg, Irena Schulz, Ofer Tchernichovski

Jonathan Rosen Introduction 00:12

Participant Introductions 03:32

Are human brains that far apart form bird brains? 06:30

How small is a hummingbird’s brain? 12:04

Irene Pepperberg and her bird Alex 16:54

Was Alex a special bird or can all animals be trained as he was? 22:12

Crows: The feathered chimpanzee 28:05

Bird songs and attracting a mate. 36:55

Do birds have different languages across cultures? 41:23

Bird songs are music. 43:35

Snowball the dancing cockatoo. 51:28

Snowball is learning by motor learning. 56:49

Bird sounds and what they mean. 1:08:00

What is next for this research. 1:16:48
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