Behavior- anything an animal does in response to a stimulus in its environment
Behavior can be regarded as any action of an organism that changes its relationship
to its environment.Types of behavior include innate behavior, learned
behavior, and complex behavior.

Innate Behavior
Innate Behavior- inherited behavior that uses hormones or nervous system
Innate behaviors are behaviors that you develop on your own.You are born with the ability to display the behavior and you don't have to learn or be taught the behavior.
An example of of innate behavior is your reflex. It is the simplest innate behavior because you have no conscience control of it. Another example would be instinct which is a more complex pattern of innate behaviors.


Instinct- a natural or innate impulse, inclination, or tendency

An instinct is something you do without being taught. It is the inherent inclination of a living organism toward a particular behavior.
One example of an instinctive behavior is courtship. Courtship is behaviors males and females carry out before mating such as sounds, visual displays, dances, and chemical signals. Another example of an instinctive behavior would be territoriality. Territoriality is the defense of a physical space or territory. When an animal sees another animal on his territory, the natural instincts of that animal is to mark its territory, attack, chase, or try to intimidate the other animal.


Migration and hibernation are also examples of instinctive behaviors. Migration is the seasonal or periodic movement of animals in response to changes in climate or food availability and hibernation is the state of reduced metabolism as animals sleep through cold winter.

Learned Behavior

Learned Behavior- behavior that changes through practice or experience

A learned behavior is some type of action or reflex that you learn. For example tying your shoes is a learned behavior, but crying is not. Learned behavior is not like innate behavior because it is something that you decide to learn.
It is not a natural behavior, but you can learn them by watching others do them. One example of learned behavior would be habituation. Habituation is when an animal is given stimuanimal-psychology-dog-on-bike.jpglus without punishment or reward. Habituation leads
to lack of response. Another example of learned behavior is imprinting which is the attachment to an object during a certaintime in an animals life. Insight is another example of learned behavior
because it is when an animal uses its experience to respond to something new such as problem solving.