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Imprinting period

 Collection
Identifier: Film Collection no. 134

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1956

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Not available through interlibrary loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.

Extent

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

General

Original format: 16mm kinescope.

General

Originally aired April 15, 1956 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.

General

http://libcat1.amnh.org/record=b1139628

General

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.

Title
Imprinting period, 1956
Author
Iris Lee
Date
2018
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Research Library Special Collections Repository

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