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Body language and learning processes in social learning

    1. The first imprinting, in the first two weeks of life, a relatively short learning process.
    2. Imprinting on bodies: A lifelong learning process after the first imprinting!

Watching the ‘learning body’ carefully is essential.
This attention leads to a social reward… and to more attention!

The learning processes that take place during this lifelong process:

Explorative learning


Learning by observation

Reacting to body language is only possible if you pay good attention!

Discriminative learning


Learning by imitation

Learning and imitating hunting behaviour

Imitating body position

Forming of traditions / Social Rituals

A ritualised dog conversation


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