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 leaders emphasized that the group's goal was to help each participant move forward and not dwell on the past by strengthening each group member's skills for dealing with this type of alarm reaction and refocusing on positive steps toward their personal goals.
Under severe levels of stress, your body may react with a startle response, and Body Alarm Reaction (BAR) will take over.
The alarm reaction in hypoxemia, due to secondary factors such as cold, caused tachycardia and tachypnea.
The stressor provides an overload that causes an alarm reaction.
These substances, which include pet dander, certain foods, molds and pollens, cause a false alarm reaction because your immune system treats them as invaders, generating large amounts of the disease-fighting protein immunoglobulin E, or IgE, a type of antibody.