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Ivan Pavlov

Although he was a brilliant physiologist and a skillful surgeon, Ivan Pavlov is remembered primarily for his development of the concept of conditioned reflex. In a well-known experiment he trained a hungry dog to salivate at the sound of a bell. The bell had previously become associated by the dog with the sight of food. Pavlov's work laid a foundation for the scientific analysis of human behavior. In 1904 he was awarded the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine for his work on digestive secretions.

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Life & Legacy

  • Ivan Pavlov
  • Pavlov's Dog
  • Introduction
    When he was 80 years old, Ivan Pavlov plucked an old book off the library shelf, opened it immediately to page 230, and displayed it sentimentally to a friend. The book was George Lewes’s The Physiology of Common Life, and the page showed a... more
  • Ivan Pavlov: Biography (Nobel Site)
    Ivan Pavlov: Biography (Nobel Site) Ivan Pavlov - Biography... more
  • Pavlov, Ivan Petrovich (1849-1936)
    Russian physiologist, best known for his systematic studies of the conditioning of dogs and other animals. For his observations on the gastrointestinal secretion in animals he received the 1904 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. more

Pavlov's Theory

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  • Animal Behavior
    People have always been fascinated by the amazingly varied behavior of animals. Ancient humans observed the habits of animals, partly out of curiosity but primarily in order to hunt and to domesticate some animals. Most people today have... more
  • Does the Name Pavlov Ring a Bell?
    The Russian physiologist and psychologist, Ivan Pavlov performed some experiments on dogs to research gastric function. The now famous experiments in classical conditioning discovered dogs would salivate upon sensing a neutral... more
  • Pavlov's Dogs and American Education
    You might ask, what have Pavlov's dogs got to do with educating American children? More than you think. more
  • Pavlov's Physiology Factory: Experiment, Interpretation, Laboratory Enterprise
    PAVLOV'S PHYSIOLoGY FACTORY: EXPERIMENT, INTERPRETATION, LABORATORY ENTERPRISE By Daniel P. Todes. 488 pp., illustrated. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. $58. ISBN 0-8018-6690-1. more