Imprinting: Lasting Effects on Uracil Incorporation into Chick Brain

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Science  10 Aug 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4099, pp. 576-578
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4099.576


On the first day after hatching, domestic chicks were trained for 20, 60, 120, or 240 minutes with an imprinting stimulus. On the second day, they were all retrained for 60 minutes. The greater the chicks' experience on the first day, the lower the rate of incorporation of tritiated uracil into macromolecules in the anterior part of the forebrain roof on the second day. Such effects were not found in other brain regions, nor in any brain region of chicks that received similar treatment on the first day but were not retrained on the second.