fixed action pattern

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fixed action pattern

a stereotyped behavioural response.
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Regardless of the presence of experience-dependent behavior, we can still hypothesize that specific factors, or sign stimuli, can also elicit hunting behavior in older cuttlefish, because the response of adult cuttlefish to mysids is similar to that of newly hatched cuttlefish (Messenger, 1968).
Contextual conditioning and the control of copulatory behavior by species-specific sign stimuli in male Japanese quail.
In the present study, species-specific female cues were used to investigate learning about sign stimuli in a sexual Pavlovian conditioning paradigm.
Sign stimuli are innately recognized stimuli that elicit a specific behavioral response.