DISTAL RESPONSE By N., Sam M.S. - 2 The response an organism has that has an effect on the environment. Compare proimal response. DISTAL RESPONSE: "The distal response is the effect of the environment on the organism." Related Psychology Terms STIMULUS (literally “goad”) CANNON, WALTER BRADFORD (1871-1945) ORGANISMIC THEORY REACTION TIME (Response Latency) Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development ECOLOGICAL STUDIES REINFORCEMENT (Reward and Punishment) HOLISM DISTAL STIMULUS Intelligence Across the African-American and Latino Cultures Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "DISTAL RESPONSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/distal-response/ (accessed October 5, 2022).