Theory one is that yawning is a fixed action pattern that may be set off by the stimulus of seeing someone else yawn; theory two, sometimes known as the 'chameleon effect', is that contagious yawning is caused by an unconscious tendency to mimic the mannerisms of a companion; theory three is that it is caused by a feeling of empathy towards the other yawner.
What does FAP stand for?
FAP stands for Fixed Action Pattern
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- Financial Assistance Program
- Financial Assistant Program
- Fine Arts Program (various organizations)
- Fire Alarm Panel (safety device)
- First Admission Point
- First Aid Post
- First Amendment Project
- First Annual Picnic
- Fisheries Alternative Program (Canada)
- Fitness America Pageant (competitions)
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Topics discussed include hard-wired "fixed action pattern" behavior, why behaviors or fixed action patterns can fire at inappropriate times, how such phenomena can interfere even with expert training attempts to control aggression using operant and classical conditioning, which breeds and groups of dogs are more likely to have strong predatory instincts, and much more.
It is activated when three innate mechanisms--namely, the mechanisms of recognizing, releasing, and responding--are concordantly matched at a specified time or stage of development to produce a fixed action pattern that may be very long-lasting.