Dr. Temple Grandin on "Talking Animals"
My guest on "Talking Animals" Jan. 23 will be Dr. Temple Grandin, the internationally-renowned expert on animal cognition and autism.
A professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, Grandin herself is autistic, and much of her work is rooted in her thesis that animals and autistic people share some fundamental cognitive traits, including that they think visually, rather than verbally.
She has written a number of bestselling books on these topics, including â€œAnimals in Translation,â€ â€œThinking In Pictures,â€ and â€œAnimals Make Us Human.â€
In 2010, Time Magazine named Grandin one of its 100 most influential â€œHeroesâ€ for her work as an animal and autism advocate. Her designs for corrals that reduce stress in cattle being led to slaughter revolutionized the livestock industry and are now used by half the U.S. cattle industry.
Dr. Grandin is also a consultant to major food manufacturers on humane slaughter practices (yes, we recognize for some that this phrase constitutes an oxymoron) and animal behavior. Claire Danes portrayed Grandin in the Emmy-winning HBO film â€œTemple Grandin.â€
Dr. Grandin will speak with us live on "Talking Animals" on Jan. 23 at 11am, and listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (DJ@wmnf.org).