Imprinting: the interaction of learned and innate behavior. II. The critical period.

  title={Imprinting: the interaction of learned and innate behavior. II. The critical period.},
  author={Julian Jaynes},
  journal={Journal of comparative and physiological psychology},
  volume={50 1},
  • J. Jaynes
  • Published 1 February 1957
  • Psychology
  • Journal of comparative and physiological psychology
In the anatomical development of the embryo, there exist precise critical periods in which specific tissues are susceptible to environmental influences acting at that time but at no other, the fate and future of the tissue being fixed thereafter (9). It is now apparent that similar critical periods exist in behavioral development also—specific stages in ontogeny during which certain types of behavior normally are shaped with fate and molded for life, environmental influences losing effect after… 

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