Analysis Of Ivan Pavlov's Dogs And Classical Conditioning

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Do dogs produce salivate? Do dogs produce salivate when given food? In the 1890’s, Russian psychologist, Ivan Pavlov put the question to the test and looked into the amount of salivation produced by dogs in response to being given food and “demonstrating the way in classical conditioning (also referred to as Pavlovian conditioning) could be used to cultivate a particular association between the occurrence of one event in the anticipation of another.” (Pavlov’s Dogs and Classical Conditioning, 2018) From the experiment, Pavlov proved the existence of an unconditional response from a “dog by presenting a dog with a bowl of food and measuring exactly how much saliva it produces”( Mcleod,2015) as shown in image 1. Pavlov, however, did discover that no matter what the object was or even what the dogs learned to associate with its food (e.g. lab assistant) would trigger the same response from the dog which led him to believe that he did indeed make a scientific discovery. Pavlov allocated each dog to a secluded environment (room) and restrained them in a harness with a bowl of ‘food’ placed right in front of them with a device attached, which was used to measure the rate in which they produced salivate. As the dogs started to secrete saliva, a measurement would be recorded onto a whirling drum in which Pavlov would monitor the saliva produced throughout the experiment. As the experiment went on, Pavlov discovered that the dogs would begin to produce saliva whenever the

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