The Moro Reflex

The reflex is triggered by a sudden change in body position, especially loss of head support, by a loud sound, a sudden or unpleasant touch, or excessive bright or flashing visual stimulus. Whereas the FPR creates a freeze response, the Moro creates an arousal response.

Some symptoms of a nonintegrated Moro Reflex

  • Insecurity; poor adaptability and resistance to change; often clings to familiarity

  • Attention problems; easily distracted; hyperactive movements and behavior

  • Hypersensitivity to light, sound, touch, smell; tendency to suffer from sensory overload

  • General anxiety; free floating anxiety

  • Motion sickness, poor balance and coordination

  • Easily angered or emotional outbursts

  • Difficulty sleeping or settling down to sleep

  • Poor stamina; cycles between hyperactivity and fatigue

  • Weakened immune system

The Moro reflex pattern.

The Moro reflex pattern.