|Reference code: ||PT/FB/BL-2004-102.04|
|Location: ||Arquivo PCA - Pasta 12/2004|
|Interspecies communication and telepathy with a language-using Parrot|
|Publication year: ||2008|
Aimee Morgana has been teaching the understanding and usage of spoken human language to an African gray parrot, "N’Kisi", who is now one of the most gifted language-using animals in the world. He has also
demonstrated possible telepathic abilities in a previous study. This project enabled the documentation of N'Kisi's communicative and telepathic abilities in the context of this bonded relationship, for various studies.
A new camera and audio set-up was acquired and installed to document N’Kisi’s speech, after testing and
trouble-shooting a range of equipment and software. New procedures for data acquisition and recording were
devised, tested, improved, and implemented, and further research protocols were refined and prepared. An ongoing program of filming was then carried out.
Research in interspecies communication and documentation of the language use and telepathic abilities of
the parrot N'Kisi has continued. There have been more breakthroughs in N’Kisi’s language skills and progress in various research studies. During the project term his contextual vocabulary increased from 1025 to 1286 words. He also created original sentences with complex grammatical structure. An extensive selection was captured with our new system, along with many notable inciden ts and possible spontaneous telepathy, which we are working to transcribe and analyze.
While N'Kisi’s rate of learning language has been fairly stable, possible telepathic incidence is more variable. A preparatory analysis of incidents logged the first year showed it had declined, and was not sufficiently robust at this time for more controlled studies. However, a comprehensive analysis of spontaneous incidents was
undertaken. 16 categories of potential telepathic response based on the type of stimulus were analyzed to study notable patterns. N'Kisi’s utterances were also catalogued and analyzed by linguistic and cognitive criteria.
Publications: Morgana, Aimee; “Interspecies Communication: N'Kisi the Parrot”, in The Encyclopedia of Human-
Animal Relationships ed. Marc Bekoff, Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut.
Our work also appeared in several books and magazines, and an award-winning television special for Discovery.
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|Sheldrake, R., Goodall, J.|
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|Morgana, A., Sheldrake, R., & Goodall, J. (2008). Interspecies communication and telepathy with a language-using Parrot. In Aquém e além do cérebro. Behind and beyond the brain. Proceedings of the 7th Symposium of Fundação Bial. Porto: Fundação Bial.|
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|Keywords: ||Interspecies communication / Telepathy / Language / Parrot|
Interspecies communication and telepathy with a language-using Parrot