ROOTING REFLEX

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Reflex of a newborn whereby a stimulus (a light touch with a nipple or finger) in the area of the corner of the mouth elicits a response in which the baby turns its head toward the stimulus and begins to search for the nipple.

ROOTING REFLEX: "The newborn immediately exhibited the rooting reflex."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ROOTING REFLEX," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/rooting-reflex/ (accessed December 2, 2021).

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