Acronyms that contain the term supernormal stimulus
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Stimulus Onset Asynchrony
Society for Stimulus Properties of Drugs
Stimulus Isolation Unit
Measurement and Stimulus Sub-system
Holistic Inventory of Stimulus Sensitivities
Stimulus, Response, and Consequence
Stimulus Generation Event
Stimulus Reception Event
stimulus triggered acquisition of Pluripotency
Stimulus Organism Response
Maximum No Fire Stimulus
Inter Stimulus Level Difference
Digital Stimulus Monitor Unit
Stimulus Housing And Rebate Kontraption
Free Book Stimulus Plan
Stimulus Control Language
Loose Stimulus Response Association
Stimulus Preceding Negativity
Noxious Stimulus Induced Analgesia
Noxious Stimulus Induced Antinociception
What does supernormal stimulus mean?
- Supernormal stimulus
- A supernormal stimulus or superstimulus is an exaggerated version of a stimulus to which there is an existing response tendency, or any stimulus that elicits a response more strongly than the stimulus for which it evolved. For example, when it comes to eggs, a bird can be made to prefer the artificial versions to their own, and humans can be similarly exploited by junk food. The idea is that the elicited behaviours evolved for the "normal" stimuli of the ancestor's natural environment, but the behaviours are now hijacked by the supernormal stimulus. British academic Nigel Spivey demonstrates the effect in the first episode of the 2005 BBC documentary series How Art Made the World to illustrate neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran's speculation that this might be the reason for the grossly exaggerated body image demonstrated in works of art from the Venus of Willendorf right up to the present day.
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