Eye to Eye Transfer of an Early Response Modification in Chicks

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ZEIER1 reported that trained loss of a cliff-avoidance response did not transfer from eye to eye in the chick whereas imprinting and pattern discriminations do transfer in birds. He suggested “It is possible therefore that tasks involving responses for which there is a strong inherent disposition are more easily transferred from eye to eye than are reactions that run counter to an innate response tendency”. I have observed, however, transfer of a learned response that runs counter to the “innate” tendency of chicks to peck small targets.

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CHERKIN, A. Eye to Eye Transfer of an Early Response Modification in Chicks. Nature 227, 1153 (1970) doi:10.1038/2271153a0

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