releasing stimulus

releasing stimulus

(in psychology) an action or behavior by one individual that serves as a cue to trigger a response in others. An example is yawning by one person, which results in yawning by others in the group.
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In general terms, every sequential behavior pattern needs to have a stimulus to start it, called a releasing stimulus.
Parasitoid vibrations as potential releasing stimulus of evasive behaviour in a leafminer.
The 4-year-old dog was genetically predisposed to aggressiveness toward other dogs and only needed the releasing stimulus to get into the fighting spirit.