fixed action pattern

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fixed action pattern

[‚fikst ′ak·shən ‚pad·ərn]
(psychology)
An innate behavior that appears to be substantially complete the first time the organism encounters the relevant stimulus.
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In some avian species, the visual sign stimuli of a female bird are sufficient to elicit sexual behavior from a male bird.
In the present experiment, we tested the effectiveness of female conspecific sign stimuli on the acquisition of sexual learning using taxidermic models and the Pavlovian conditioning procedure.
Results from the present study indicate that sign stimuli can motivate sexual learning.