FILIAL IMPRINTING By N., Pam M.S. - May 11, 2013 term that is used to describe the learning process where a young animal becomes attached to its parent and copies what it does. See imprinting. FILIAL IMPRINTING: "Filial imprinting is how young animals learn their behaviour." Related Psychology Terms FOLLOWING BEHAVIOR MATERNAL BEHAVIOR MIMETIC FILIAL RESPONSIBILITY ONOMATOPOEIA LEARNING THEORY SESSILE GOOD ENOUGH PARENT ANIMAL BEHAVIOR ZOOMORPHISM Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "FILIAL IMPRINTING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/filial-imprinting/ (accessed October 14, 2019).