Dr. Irene Pepperberg



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After receiving her SB (MIT), MA and PhD (Harvard) in theoretical chemistry, Pepperberg switched to studying Grey parrots. She was the first to establish two-way referential communication with an avian subject and to use that system to investigate avian cognition. Having held positions at Northwestern University, the University of Arizona, the MIT Media Lab, and a Radcliffe Fellowship, she is now a Research Associate and instructor at Harvard. She received John Simon Guggenheim and Selby Fellowships, is a Fellow of AAAS, APA, APS, the Animal Behavior Society, American Ornithologists’ Union, and the Midwest and Eastern Psychological Associations. Previously an associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology, she still serves on several editorial boards. Honors include the Christopher Clavius S.J and Frank A. Beach Awards and the Christopher Medal.