Imprinting was initially researched in detail by Konrad Lorenz, through his naturalistic studies of geese. The image of Lorenz followed by a family of goslings became familiar to many. Applications of this knowledge have been put to good use, ensuring that young raised in captivity learn survival skills, and thus can function in a relatively natural type of situation or even be re-introduced into the wild.
Unification thought explains that the Creator included instinct in the lower species, to ensure their survival, developing increasingly complex mechanisms that require learning and, finally, choice, as higher order species were created. Nevertheless, there is continuity between all created beings, including humankind. Thus, through understanding the processes that are vital to survival of different species, people can not only better ensure their survival but also bring such knowledge to bear on understanding related processes in human beings.