STARTLE RESPONSE

a person's sudden response to a loud noise, flashing lights or anything that is not expected. Also called startle reaction. This response enlists all behaviours that serve a protective function.

STARTLE RESPONSE: "Joe showed a startle response to the large clap of thunder."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "STARTLE RESPONSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/startle-response/ (accessed March 31, 2020).
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