A form of learning that occurs very rapidly within a critical period in very young animals. A complex relationship develops between the newborn infant and the first animate object encounters; this is usually a parent. The future emotional development of the infant depends upon this relationship. Imprinting in birds was studied by Konrad Lorenz, who believed that it is an irreversible process.
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