grasp reflex

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grasp reflex

n.
An involuntary bending of the fingers in response to tactile stimulation of the palm, producing an uncontrollable grasp and associated in adults with injury of the frontal lobe of the brain.
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Joe scratched his ear, picked up a piece of quartz, the smallest in the lot, weighed and reweighed it, and tossed it up and down in his hand.
Experts at the University of Nottingham have published research that suggests the human propensity for contagious yawning is triggered automatically by primitive reflexes in the primary motor cortex -- an area of the brain responsible for motor function.
Primitive reflexes performed for eating combined with the expiratory phase of the respiration cycle allow for its different application, namely--phonation (speech).
The fear paralysis reflex (FPR) may be described as one of the many primitive reflexes that all primates possess.
The text addresses a 14-point intervention strategy, including increase or decrease of muscle tone to facilitate effective movement, inhibition of primitive reflexes, stimulation of automatic equilibrium reactions, and psychophysiological response to stress, to name a few.