Classical Conditioning: Ivan Pavlov

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Ivan Pavlov, a russian behaviorist, is known for his classic conditioning experiments. Classical Conditioning is a type of learning where we associate two stimuli. It is noted that his curiosity aspired when he noticed salivation ran on the tangent of putting food in a dogs mouth. He began noticing that the dog not only salivated to the food in its mouth but with the environment associated with food such as location, sight of the person feeding him, the food dish, even the sound of footsteps. Pavlov considered these “psychic secretions” an annoyance of his study until he realized it all apart of the form of learning. Pavlov began to set up his experiment he first eliminated any unwanted and possible influences. Pavlov and his associates isolated the dog in a small room, secured it in a harness, and attached a device used to measure any saliva secreted. They began their first stage, Acquisition; where they linked a neutral stimulus and an unconditioned stimulus so that the neutral stimulus begins triggering the conditioned response. From another room they slid in food into...
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