Animal Behavior

Behavior Basics

Do animals use imprinting?

Imprinting is a prime example of the relative influence of nature (genes) and nurture (environment) on behavior. The organism is born with a sketchy outline of an object (parent, reproductive partner) drawn from its genetic component, and this is then filled in by its experiences in the environment. Therefore, while not all species have been found to meet the scientific definition of imprinting, it is highly likely that all animals will exhibit at least some behaviors that combine genetic and environmental influences.


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