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fixate

(fĭk′sāt′)
v. fix·ated, fix·ating, fix·ates
v.tr.
Psychology
a. To cause to become emotionally attached in an immature or pathological manner.
b. In classical psychoanalysis, to cause (the libido) to be arrested at an early stage of psychosexual development.
v.intr.
1. To focus the eyes or attention.
2. Psychology
a. To become attached to a person or thing in an immature or pathological way; form a fixation.
b. To be arrested at an early stage of psychosexual development.

fixate

Ophthalmology
To focus one’s eyes (gaze) on a particular point in space.

Psychology
To focus one’s attention on a particular thing, person or idea.
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He claims ducklings "fixate" on the first large object they see, usually their mother - but sometimes a "football or ornithologist".
"If we give adolescent youngsters the wrong signal at a key period of their lives, if we glamorise homosexuals in the media, if we fail to discriminate, we risk the likelihood they will fixate on the wrong gender.