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escape behavior

any response designed to move away from or eliminate an already present aversive stimulus. Escape behavior may be mental (through fantasy or daydreams) or behavioral (physical withdrawal from a noxious stimulus or a conditioned response, as when an animal taps a lever in order to terminate a shock). See also active avoidance. Compare avoidance behavior.

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March 2nd 2024




1. the sum of an individual’s innate characteristics.

2. more broadly, the basic psychological and physical makeup of an individual, due partly to heredity and partly to life experience and environmental factors. —constitutional adj.