RIGHTING REFLEX By N., Sam M.S. - 16 The innate ability of an organism to assume an optimal position when it has been unbalanced or knocked over. Also known as: righting reaction. RIGHTING REFLEX: "The righting reflex is present at birth, in some species." Related Psychology Terms MENTAL RETARDATION (CAUSES) BIRTH ADJUSTMENTS REACTION TIME (Response Latency) PRENATAL DEVELOPMENT NEWBORN INFANT (Neonate) PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGIC DISORDERS (GENERAL) MAPLE SUGAR URINE DISEASE EQUILIBRIUM (Labyrinthine Sense; Vestibular Sense) CANNON, WALTER BRADFORD (1871-1945) ADOLESCENCE (Theories) Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "RIGHTING REFLEX," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/righting-reflex/ (accessed June 30, 2022).