What Is the Difference Between Instinct and Learned Behavior?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 10, 2020 6:48:13 AM ET
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Instinct, or innate behavior, is an action that is impulsive or immediate based on a particular trigger or circumstance. Learned behavior is an action that someone learns or develops over time through observation, education, training or experience. Many scientists believe that most human behaviors are a result of some level of both instinct and learned behavior.

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