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Comparisons Between Chicks That Fail To Imprint and Ones That Imprint Strongly

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Day old chicks that imprinted strongly (followed strongly and showed subsequent, substantial preference for the imprinting stimuli) were compared to ones that did not imprint. Comparisons were by weight, sex, and activity level. Results included : 1. No relation between neonatal weight and imprintability. 2. No relation between sex and imprintability. Though males were somewhat more active (or more probably, reactive) than females were, the greater reactivity related to still stronger following only in strongly imprinted males. 3. A positive relationship between reactivity and following. Specifically, chicks that followed strongly were more reactive than chicks that did not follow.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.


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