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Unformatted text preview: 1 Early social learning and behavior Chapter 20 This section is about more than just learning motivation, emotion, and plasticity not based on learning these are topics that dont always get the attention they deserve. Preempted by intense focus on cognitive aspects of development Motivation and emotion remember previous phenomena of IDS (intrinsic perceptual and effective salience of vocal melodies, modulation of attention, arousal and affect) these illustrate how motivationally and emotionally potent the sounds of IDS are to human infants therefore how useful they are for caregivers in managing the infants emotional state directing infants attention to experiences that foster its social development IDS work links nicely to another popular domain of behavior and social learning using non-humans - Flial imprinting (youngster becoming attached to caregiver) reveals the importance of motivation and emotion, the early and strong motivation to follow (usually mom) cascades into learning experiences that contribute to social development 2 The learning component of Flial imprinting Douglas Spalding (1840-1877) and Konrad Lorenz (1901-1989) Lorenz characterized this process as fast, possible only during a critical period, irreversible, fragile, and a learning process that does not require conventional conditioning processes he was only partially correct ragile learning process Lorenz had goslings imprint on himself the fact that they would imprint on him, and other unnatural objects, made this important process seem paradoxical fragile But, more sources of internal guidance to this process than Lorenz realized Goslings imprinted on K. Lorenz ragile learning process Lorenz had goslings imprint on himself the fact that they would imprint on him, and other unnatural objects, made this important process seem paradoxical ragile (unreliable) But, more sources of internal guidance to this process than Lorenz realized 3...
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