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Anticipating Koko"s next sign

Anticipating Koko

Posted On: March 12, 2010
Date Taken: February 16, 2008


Photographer: Ron Cohn

You have to be very attentive to communicate in sign language, especially when you"re communicating with a gorilla. Here, Dr. Penny Patterson is quietly interpreting Koko"s signs and simultaneously looking her in the eye to pick up facial expressions that could modulate or qualify Koko"s intended meaning.

Anticipating Koko

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