The evolutionary significance of habituation and sensitization across phylogeny: A behavioral homeostasis model

  title={The evolutionary significance of habituation and sensitization across phylogeny: A behavioral homeostasis model},
  author={Edward M. Eisenstein and Doris Eisenstein and James C. Smith},
  journal={Integrative Physiological \& Behavioral Science},
The phenomenon of habituation may be interpreted as a process that has evolved for filtering out iterative stimuli of little present relevance. That habituation is seen in aneural as well as neural organisms throughout phylogeny with remarkably similar characteristics suggests that its role is an important one in animal survival. If habituation is to be viewed as a process to filter out iterative stimuli that have no significant consequences, then how is sensitization to be viewed? One way of… 
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