REFLEX (Functional) 4)5)
A reflex is functional if it responds adequately to the command triggered by the stimulus.
A behavior is functional if it is adequately adaptive. The functional behavior however, is created at the reflexological (or instrumental) level through the ordered inclusion of a number of coordinated reflexes within a reflexological system:
- able to produce a considerable choice of different sequences
- integrated, i.e. working as a regulated unit.
ASHBY expresses it in the following way: "the value of one part's behavior cannot be judged until the behavior of the other parts is known; and the values of their behaviors cannot be known until the first part's behavior is known. All the valuations are thus conditional, each depending on the others" (1960, p.7).
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