Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

  • -id > 9:3
   

Fixed Action Pattern

Innate, stereotyped behavior triggered by a well-defined stimulus; any complex behavior that exhibits heritability. Once the response is activated it is carried out in its entirety. Human examples include the yawn or the retching response to rotten carrion. This term is now often replaced by modal action pattern.

See instinct.

Full-Text Search Entries