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Autoshaping

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A procedure in which a stimulus is followed by a reinforcer regardless of what the organism does. The procedure often results in the shaping of behavior without reinforcement. Also called sign tracking.

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Continuum of preparedness

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The idea that organisms are genetically disposed to learn some things and not others. Preparedness.

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Critical period

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A period in the development of an organism during which it is especially likely to learn a particular kind of behavior.

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Imprinting

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The tendency of some animals, particularly birds, to follow the first moving object they see after birth, usually (but not necessarily) their mother.

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Instinctive drift

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The tendency for behavior to drift toward a fixed action pattern.