Poster Title (Current Submission)

Nonverbal Vocabulary Learning in Pigeons

Major(s)

Psychology, Anthropology

Mentor Name

Edward Wasserman

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Language not only enables us to communicate, but also allows us to demonstrate the crucial ability to categorize objects. While the spoken word may seem a uniquely human trait, its underlying cognitive process of categorization, the ability to sort objects by relational features, has been found in the nonverbal communication of many nonhuman animals. With training, pigeons are able to recognize similarities between objects and group those objects into categories. More importantly, pigeons generalize this learning to novel objects. Our experiments trained pigeons to acquire a relatively large nonverbal vocabulary and used training procedures that resemble vocabulary learning in children.

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Nonverbal Vocabulary Learning in Pigeons

Language not only enables us to communicate, but also allows us to demonstrate the crucial ability to categorize objects. While the spoken word may seem a uniquely human trait, its underlying cognitive process of categorization, the ability to sort objects by relational features, has been found in the nonverbal communication of many nonhuman animals. With training, pigeons are able to recognize similarities between objects and group those objects into categories. More importantly, pigeons generalize this learning to novel objects. Our experiments trained pigeons to acquire a relatively large nonverbal vocabulary and used training procedures that resemble vocabulary learning in children.