Thursday, June 25, 2009

More on Snowball...

Here's a bit more on Dr. Aniruddh D. Patel’s research on Snowball, the dancing cockatoo.

"The ability to synchronize movements to a musical beat was long thought to be uniquely human, but Snowball’s dancing suggested otherwise. Fortunately I was able to collaborate with his owners and conduct a controlled study, showing that he really did sense a beat and move in time with it, even when no humans were dancing with him. Crucially, when we slowed down or sped up his favorite song (”Everybody”, by the Back Street Boys), he spontaneously adjusted his dance tempo accordingly, just as a human would."

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