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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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.
Parasitoid vibrations as potential releasing stimulus of evasive behaviour in a leafminer.
The excess in the behavior returns full-blown as soon as the releasing stimulus (the water) is returned.