We are a team of parrot and animal-computer interaction experts and researchers at Glasgow University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Parrot Kindergarten, an online school for parrot caregivers dedicated to parrot communication. We are exploring the potential of using technology to allow parrots to interact with each other remotely.
For the current at-home study, we are looking for participants who:
If you are interested in being considered for the study, please fill in this form
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately the study is limited at this time to only the continental United States and Canada due to time zones.
Participants will be selected based on species-matches with other parrots within the same time-zone to promote ease in facilitating interactive calls. We will not select everyone who is interested, if we do not find a pairing.
Flexible schedules are just fine. Participants will communicate with one another to set up video play dates with the birds.
Your public Facebook name and public profile will be visible to the others in your bird’s interaction group. The researchers will ask you to submit to use video recordings of your sessions. These videos will only be analyised by us as researchers, used to provide information about the interactive systems. Please be aware that videos may include you if you are in the video. If the videos include content that triggers mandatory reporting obligations, please be advised that the researchers will have a duty to act in accordance with legal requirements.
The researchers will watch in the videos the behavior of the birds as they interact with one another. They will also collect information about how often the birds ask to call one another, and the duration of the calls.
To ensure the comfort of the participants, ideal candidates will be very comfortable touching cell phone or tablet screen devices. No prior formal training is required, however.
In addition to a video-meeting device (either your cell phone or tablet), you will be using:
The interactive sessions will be located on a cage, play stand, or other area with a minimum of 3 feet that allows the bird to move freely within the area, to approach the screen, or to move away.
Unfortunately, no. Participant birds will be interacting via Facebook messenger.
Your bird will learn to ring a bell, then select a friend on a tablet/cell phone. From learning this behaviour you will be able to facilitate a call for them. “Touch” or “Target” training with positive reinforcement will be the primary training skill utilized.
The study is estimated to begin June 15 and last until July 31.
The study will be for a limited time only. After it concludes, you are welcome to continue virtual interaction with other birds and continue afterward too. (Any further interactions will be independent and outside the scope of the study.)
No, there will be no monetary compensation for the study. Our hope is that your bird will have enrichment and fun interacting with others of their species!