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Scientific experimentation with the imprinting period, the phase of an animal's life when its mind is most open to stimuli, is the topic of discussion. In a remote broadcast remote from McDonough, Md., Eckhardt Hess, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, explains and demonstrates a number of imprinting experiments. Also interviewed for this program is a staff member at the McDonough School, Mr. Ramsey. Most of the experiments have previously been performed on birds. A duck about six hours old is placed in an enclosure with an alarm clock, a squeaky rubber ball, or a loudspeaker emitting frequent repetitions of a sound. The duck learns to identify affectionately with, or imprints on, such an object. This bond may last a lifetime. Most of the experiments performed in this broadcast fail and provide for an amusing show. One duck is successfully imprinted on Charles Collingwood and follows him around the yard.
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1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.
1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy
Original format: 16mm kinescope.
Originally aired April 15, 1956 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.
Charles Collingwood, host; John Cosgrove, director; Charles Romine, producer; Shelby Gordon, assistant producer; Frank de Felitta, script editor; Clair Huffaker, writer; Grover Cole, production design.
- Imprinting period, 1956
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