Structural, Functional, and Behavioral Flexibility

I am working on a Blog Post about Behavioral Flexibility and changes in learning strategies in the structure and function of the body support overall behavioral flexibility , but couldn’t get it done in time for this email.


Behavioral flexibility refers to the adaptive change in the behavior of an animal, in response to changes in the external or internal environment. Ongoing behavior (which might include inactivity) is stopped or modified and new behavior is initiated. Adaptive changes in behavior can vary by degree, ranging from changes that are little more than reflexes or tropic reactions (i.e., reflecting a change in environmental conditions but without the involvement of cognitive processes) to behavioral changes that are anticipatory of environmental changes. Unlike impulsivity, which is responding without inhibitory control and can be maladaptive, behavioral flexibility reflects a change in cognitive state in response to the perceived environmental contingencies. from Springer

Although not stated in these terms Moshe Feldenkrais was a big fan of behavioral flexibility.



Further Study:
Neural circuits underlying behavioral flexibility

Multiple brain regions work together to adapt behavior to a changing environment.
By Stan B. Floresco




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