The meaning of “inherited” and “acquired” in reference to instinct

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On account of the present-day reaction among numerous psychologists against the instinct theory, a restatement of it is called for, which will embody the truths contained in the older views, and which will be also in accord with the best of modern biological and psychological investigations. I attempted such a restatement in a recent article in this journal (Vol. 16, pp. 334–343; see record 2006-01529-001). A more detailed examination is needed, however, of one theme of that article, namely, the meaning of “inherited” and of “acquired” in reference to instinct. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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