Visually Inexperienced Chicks Exhibit Spontaneous Preference for Biological Motion Patterns

@article{Vallortigara2005VisuallyIC,
  title={Visually Inexperienced Chicks Exhibit Spontaneous Preference for Biological Motion Patterns},
  author={Giorgio Vallortigara and Lucia Regolin and Fabio Marconato},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={3},
  pages={85 - 102}
}
When only a small number of points of light attached to the torso and limbs of a moving organism are visible, the animation correctly conveys the animal's activity. Here we report that newly hatched chicks, reared and hatched in darkness, at their first exposure to point-light animation sequences, exhibit a spontaneous preference to approach biological motion patterns. Intriguingly, this predisposition is not specific for the motion of a hen, but extends to the pattern of motion of other… CONTINUE READING

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