Imprinting on time-structured acoustic stimuli in ducklings

Tiago Monteiro, Tom Hart & Alex Kacelnik
Filial imprinting is a dedicated learning process that lacks explicit reinforcement. The phenomenon itself is narrowly heritably canalized, but its content, the representation of the parental object, reflects the circumstances of the newborn. Imprinting has recently been shown to be even more subtle and complex than previously envisaged, since ducklings and chicks are now known to select and represent for later generalization abstract conceptual properties of the objects they perceive as neonates, including movement pattern,...
1 citation reported since publication in 2021.
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