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Evidence suggesting that domestic chicks should not be used in imprinting research variability in performance during imprinting critical period


Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 16(6): 421-424
Evidence suggesting that domestic chicks should not be used in imprinting research variability in performance during imprinting critical period
Three experiments were conducted under tightly controlled conditions to provide empirical evidence that chicks should not be used in research studying the formation of attachments in precocial birds. In a pilot study, a main study and a replication, several different periods of time were found within and between experiments during which an attachment seemed to be formed between a chick and the traning object. No statistically significant differences between any treatment groups were obtained in the main study or the replication, indicating a lack of reliable (i.e., repeatable) performance on the part of the subjects.


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