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Innate behaviors and reflexes can also be called instincts appearing spontaneously to perform specific functions These innate behaviors are programmed in the genes and are not typically modified by experience Peters 2004 All humans experience innate behaviors but with time may be controlled For example all people must expel waste from their body in other words known as urinating and defecating Although some people may have a medical problem that enables them from releasing this waste it is a natural unavoidable behavior With time and age humans are able to control this behavior yet all must participate in this bodily function Another example of an innate behavior includes eating When babies are born it is instinctive for them to want nourishment soon after birth Humans continue through life eating for energy nourishment and many times comfort A last innate behavior discussed will be breathing When a baby is born its mouth and nose are cleaned out so breathing can begin Humans do not need to concentrate on this behavior as it is controlled by our brains When a person responds to a stimulus in which a physical response is triggered it is referred to as a reflex An example of a reflex is when a person turns their head to investigate a loud noise This reflex is also called the Moro reflex when a baby arches their back and extends their arms in reaction to a loud noise Bee p84 Another example of an innate reflex is called the grasping reflex When an infants hand is stroked or your finger presses the palm the infant will grasp your finger Bee p84 Although this reflex disappears at about 3 to 4 months old it can be observed in instances of adult hood With most people if an item is placed in your hand it is natural to close your hand as to not allow it to fall to the ground A last example of
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