FIXED-ACTION PATTERN (FAP)

Classical ethology. It is a stereotyped and genetically preprogrammed, species-specific behavioral sequence that is evoked by a particular stimulus and is carried out without sensory feedback. See innate releasing mechanism.

FIXED-ACTION PATTERN (FAP): "A fixed-action pattern is genetically programmed."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "FIXED-ACTION PATTERN (FAP)," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/fixed-action-pattern-fap/ (accessed February 16, 2019).
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