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Im trying to find any criticism of Konrad Lorenzs study of his geese experiment if any? It would be great if anyone can shed some light on this. Thanks
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Im trying to find any criticism of Konrad Lorenzs study of his geese experiment if any? It would be great if anyone can shed some light on this. Thanks
don't know if you still need help but I would say that the geese lack generalisability to humans and therefore the results could be oversimplified.
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don't know if you still need help but I would say that the geese lack generalisability to humans and therefore the results could be oversimplified.
He wasn't trying to generalise to humans.

I dont think he did his experiments very scientifically, (i.e. with control groups, statistical comparisons), but im not sure. Either way imprinting is very well established in birds.
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He wasn't trying to generalise to humans.

I dont think he did his experiments very scientifically, (i.e. with control groups, statistical comparisons), but im not sure. Either way imprinting is very well established in birds.
Ok fair enough, although the results have been used to support Bowlbys evolutionay theory, which is applied to humans.

Maybe you could argue that the theory of monotropy was oversimplified. Lorenz believed the birs would immediately attach to one individual and one individual only, which is fairly mechanistic.
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Ok fair enough, although the results have been used to support Bowlbys evolutionay theory, which is applied to humans.

Maybe you could argue that the theory of monotropy was oversimplified. Lorenz believed the birs would immediately attach to one individual and one individual only, which is fairly mechanistic.
I think thats Bowlby who really made those interpretations of lorenz's theory - i dont think lorenz said anything about attachment to specific individuals. So yes you could critique Bowlby's interpretations of lorenz there. Birds can attach to objects aswell (like little bits of plastic) as individuals.
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