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The Nature and Nurture of LoveFrom Imprinting to Attachment in Cold War America$
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Marga Vicedo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226020556

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226020693.001.0001

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The Study of Instincts

The Study of Instincts

(p.43) Chapter Two The Study of Instincts
The Nature and Nurture of Love

Marga Vicedo

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Konrad Lorenz's views about instincts and imprinting in the context of his efforts to develop the new science of ethology with Niko Tinbergen. It first introduces Lorenz's and Tinbergen's project to explain the biological basis of animal and human behavior. It then examines more closely Lorenz's conception of instincts and imprinting. Next, it turns to Lorenz's role in discussions about maternal care and infants' needs. After psychiatrists like John Bowlby showed interest in his work, Lorenz increasingly extrapolated his ideas about imprinting in birds to the human realm.

Keywords:   Konrad Lorenz, instincts, imprinting, ethology, Niko Tinbergen, maternal care, infant needs, John Bowlby

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