Unformatted text preview: The arched back, extended legs, and throwing arms outwards actions of the Moro reflex have no specific adaptive functions but may have helped the infant cling to their mother in the past. The palmar grasp reflex when the infant instinctively grasps a finger. In terms of adaptive function, this automatic response will develop the skills needed for voluntary grasp. Lifting one foot and then the other is known as the stepping reflex and may lay the groundwork needed to walk. When an infant’s foot is stroked and, in response, their toes fan out and curl in the child is producing the Babinski reflex. Oddly enough, the adaptive value of this involuntary action is unknown. Although all of these reflexes possess distinctive functions, it is important to understand that assessing each one is vital in that it helps reveal the health of the infant....
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- Spring '10
- plantar reflex, Primitive reflexes