Pavlov's dogs

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  • Pavlov was studying digestion in dogs- he wasn't originally intended to study conditioning.
  • He presented food in a bowl to a dog several times.
  • In the end the dog salivated even when the bowl was empty. Pavlov had conditioned it to salivate to an empty bowl.
  • Pavlov then decided to further his research by giving the dogs food at the same as ringing a bell (a neutral stimulus).
  • After several times, the dogs salivated (a response) to the bell. The dogs associated the bell with salivation.
  • Normally, footsteps and a bell would not cause a dog to salivate, would they? However the dogs learned to associate the footsteps and the bell with the food and, hence they salivated when these stimuli were present.
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