How Do You Tell a Chair from a Cat? Scientists Say You Could Ask a Pigeon

Tuesday, December 6, 1988 - 2:30pm

THE humble pigeon, scarcely noticed as it pecks a livelihood from its sidewalk environment, may have more in common with human thinkers than generally realized.

In behavorial psychology experiments at the University of Iowa, Dr. Edward A. Wasserman and his colleagues have turned up what he called surprising evidence that ''the conceptual abilities of pigeons are more advanced than hitherto suspected.''

The pigeon mind, moreover, probably offers important clues as to how the human mind evolved and functions, Dr. Wasserman said in an interview.

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Edward A. Wasserman
Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
E222 Seashore Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

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