Animal research into attachment


LORENZ (1935)

  • AIM- investigate attachment behaviours in geese
  • METHOD- randomly divided 12 goose eggs, half stayed w/ the mother whilst half were kept in an incubator (the first moving object they saw was Lorenz), The geese were mixed up to see whom they would follow, Observed later courtship behaviour
  • FINDINGS- Incubator group followed Lorenz whilst the control group followed the mother, Lorenz's geese later tried to mate with humans
  • CONCLUSION- imprinting occurs within hours and is irreversible, early attachment behaviour influences later sexual behaviour
  • EVALUATION- shows that attachments have a biological cause (evolution/survival), Humans have longer attachments periods and are more complicated


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