Early Social Responses in Gallus: A Functional Analysis

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Science  30 Nov 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4115, pp. 937-939
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4115.937


Early socialization leads to the establishment of species awareness, or imprinting, in many birds and mammals. Gallus chicks normally develop species-specific preferences prior to exposure to a parent, but early exposure is necessary to maintain these preferences. Descriptive rather than functional analyses have led to apparent disagreement about early socialization behavior; from an ecological viewpoint, such behavior is both adaptive and predictable.