refers to a response in which an organism anticipates and therefore responds to prevent contact with this stimulus. The avoidance response is considered a form of abient behavior (see abience). Also known as avoidance reaction.

AVOIDANCE RESPONSE: "The spider exhibited an avoidance response when he saw the woman with the fly swatter, and moved under the carpet to avoid being squashed."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AVOIDANCE RESPONSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/avoidance-response/ (accessed September 23, 2021).