startle reaction

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Synonyms for startle reaction

a complicated involuntary reaction to a sudden unexpected stimulus (especially a loud noise)

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The responses initially experienced during the alarm reaction stage might reappear.
The process that he labeled the General Adaptation Syndrome includes three stages: the alarm reaction, resistance, and exhaustion.
When the alarm reaction is not sufficient to cope, the stressor maintains its attack.
The 13 papers in this collection describe such fish olfaction topics as the development and evolution of the olfactory organ in Gnathostome fish, responses to amino acids in rainbow trout, olfactory discrimination, recordings of stimulated goldfish, cross-adaptation, alarm reactions, solitary chemosensory cells, the Barbel taste system in catfish and goatfish, taste bud cells and their behavior, the role of gustation in comparisons of species based on volumetric brain data, and taste tests for the nine-spined stickleback from the Moscow River and White Sea basins.
From an evolutionary perspective, this undoubtedly has survival value, triggering alarm reactions in situations that could lead to further abuse.