Early Arousal and Imprinting in Chicks

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Science  13 Mar 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3611, pp. 1187-1188
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3611.1187


Arousal outside the test situation and prior to response acquisition can affect strength of imprinting, if such treatment occurs early enough in life. Young chicks handled in darkness either at 5 or 9 hours of age and exposed to a moving surrogate a number of hours later were compated with nonhandled controls by means of following tests given at 30 and 54 hours of age. Handling at 5 hours resulted in a significant increment in the later following response. Handling at 9 hours produced no effect.