Imprinting in Psychology: Definition & Concept


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Rebecca hatched five eggs in an incubator. She watched each one hatch and cared for them for three days. At the end of day three she took the baby chicks out to the chicken coop and put them under a mother hen. The next day when she went out they started following her instead of the mother hen. What best explains this?

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1. Konrad Lorenz coined the phrase _____ to describe the instinctual learning that occurs in young animals so they stay close to a parent.

2. When Lorenz experimented on geese, he found that the goslings hatched in the incubator:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this short quiz, you'll need to understand the imprinting process and the research of Konrad Lorenz. As soon as you finish answering the quiz questions, you'll receive your scores.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test yourself on the following via this quiz:

  • Interpreting examples of imprinting involving baby chicks
  • The term for the instinctual learning that makes young animals stay close to their parents
  • The findings of Konrad Lorenz in his experiment with geese
  • What else imprinting may affect

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on imprinting in psychology
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding examples of baby chicks imprinting and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about potential imprinting in humans

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the associated lesson called Imprinting in Psychology: Definition & Concept for further information. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know why animals follow their parents
  • Examine Lorenz's research with geese
  • Define sensitive periods
  • Discuss whether imprinting occurs in humans