What is 'innate behaviour'? Where does it feature in the environment? And how does it compare to 'learned behaviour?
Innate behaviour is instinctive; it is determined by our nervous system and does not involve conscious decision. It is often inflexible, such as a reflex response to a stimulus. We do not acquire innate behaviour through learning and practice, but are born with the behaviour pattern 'hard-wired' into our nervous system. We have inherited the response in our genes from our parents. There is little variation in response between individuals. You do not need to learn how to sneeze, or a spider does not learn how to spin a web; this things come 'naturally'. Learned behaviour however does involve learning, and we modify our learned behaviour responses as a result of experience. This means that learned behaviour does vary between individuals.
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