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supernormal stimulus
1. (in animal behaviour) A stimulus that produces a more vigorous response than the normal stimulus eliciting that particular response. For example, a female herring gull will brood a giant egg in preference to its own eggs, which are smaller. A supernormal stimulus is an exaggerated sign stimulus.

2. (in neurophysiology) A stimulus that is more intense than a normal stimulus and is capable of inducing a response in a nerve fibre during the relative refractory period.

supernormal stimulus

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supernormal stimulus An artificial stimulus that produces in an animal a response that is stronger than would be evoked by the natural stimulus it resembles. For example, in some birds incubation behaviour is stimulated by the presence of an egg, and the larger the egg the stronger the stimulus; in such birds a very large artificial egg may be incubated in preference to a much smaller real egg.

supernormal stimulus

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supernormal stimulus An artificial stimulus that produces in an animal a response that is stronger than would be evoked by the natural stimulus it resembles. For example, in some birds incubation behaviour is stimulated by the presence of an egg, and the larger the egg the stronger the stimulus; in such birds a very large artificial egg may be incubated in preference to a much smaller real egg.

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