Faculty Book: Diana Reiss
The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011)
This memoir by dolphin expert Diana Reiss combines science and activism to show us just how smart dolphins really are, and why we must stop mistreating them—keeping them in cruel conditions or subjecting them to indiscriminate slaughter. She discusses dolphins’ sonar capabilities, their sophisticated, lifelong playfulness, their emotional intelligence, and their ability to bond with other species. Her beloved companion dolphins, each with a distinct personality, create their own toys, type commands on a keyboard, tease and scold her playfully, and express their affection and delight. In Reiss’s most famous experiments, she used a mirror to prove that dolphins are self-aware and even self-conscious. Diana Reiss (Prof., Hunter) is on the doctoral faculty in psychology.
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Submitted on: MAR 2, 2012