Konrad Lorenz identified a significant theory known as Imprinting. Lorenz discovered that when a gosling hatches from It's shell it follows around the first large moving object it see's. Once a gosling has imprinted on something or someone, it becomes largely fixated on it, and is unlikely to follow or bond to anything else (Lilienfeld). Lorenz discovered that Imprinting occurs in a very short thirty-six hour period after hatching. Studies show that gosling will imprint to any large moving objects, such as large bouncing balls and boxes on wheels. Luckily ninety-nine percent of the time it's their mother goose.
I find imprinting to be an important concept due to the nature of humans, Humans are intelligent enough to not have such a strong imprint as geese. Although there is research showing that young babies have attachment to the person who cares for them, It is not attachment to the first large moving object they come across.
I am most interested in imprinting due to my personnel experiences I had years ago when I was in the first grade. At my elementary school it was a tradition that every first grade class gets to raise gosling from the beginning stages of birth. The eggs would sit in an incubator for weeks as the class builds with anticipation for the day the gosling will hatch. To our surprise the goslings hatched after school hours when my teacher, Mr. Rodman was the only one around. To our surprise the gosling had imprinted to him, anytime he was in the vicinity to the goslings they would follow him like mother duck. This had always been a surprise to me until recently when imprinting had come to my attention.
Funny video of duck imprinted to dog...
Pictures showing imprinting....