On My Mind: Reflections on Animal Behavior and Learning
by Karen Pryor
Naturalist, scientist, and writer Karen Pryor has touched thousands of lives—both animal and human—through teaching people how to, as she puts it “create a climate of security in which it is safe to learn new things.” Now the author of Don’t Shoot the Dog and Reaching the Animal Mind offers anyone interested in animal behavior an insider’s view of her world. You’ll “hear” the conversations Karen has with the animals she trains; you’ll celebrate their mutual break-throughs. Karen presents science with a personal touch and with humor—whether it’s laughing at her responses to her teakettle or investigating why sheep don’t herd themselves.
On My Mind gives a glimpse into the mind of an early dolphin trainer who revolutionized the way we think about and communicate with animals—and each other.
“These dispatches from Karen Pryor are addictive intellectual chocolates. They provide great evidence of her fertile mind, reports from the field, and moments of imagination and humor. Her essays deftly travel from butterfly collecting to watching Welsh ponies surf and gymnasts nail backward-somersault dismounts. As always, her words are delightful and her deeds are inspiring.”
—Alexandra Horowitz, PhD, author of Inside of a Dog
“In this smart, engaging, and thought-provoking selection of essays, Karen Pryor weaves stories that illuminate the triggers of behavior and the processes of learning. Join the millions of people who continue to learn from this master teacher.”
—Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian”
“As one of many who have been challenged, influenced, and entertained by Karen Pryor’s essays and newsletters, I have treasured her unique insights and reverence for the behaving world. This compilation transforms ripples into waves.”
—Susan G. Friedman, PhD, Utah State University, www.behaviorworks.org