Ivan Pavlov


Basic elements of classical conditioning

Now watch a quick review of this process in the youtube below:

Psych Lab - a practical demonstration of conditioning a dog
Run the trial

Evaluating Pavlov's methodology and findings

Source 1

Pavlovian conditioning and habit formation had a great impact on psychology, and continue to influence the practice of clinical psychology in treating individuals suffering from various psychological disorders. But since the theory deals only with the bonding of new stimuli to old responses, it cannot account for the development of new behaviors. For this a different theory of learning was required ... (hence the relevance of the theory of operant conditioning)

(The Adaptive Modification of behavior , Without Miracles: Universal Selection Theory and the Second Darwinian Revolution, Gary Cziko, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Source 2

Click here for Helena's work in this area

Everyday examples


John B. Watson



Psychology as the behaviorist sees it - http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Watson/views.htm

Extended Reading

Conditioning in Aldous Huxley's A Brave New World

Evaluating Watson's findings

Click here for Max's work on evaluating the strengths and limitations of Watson's work with Little Albert


How can we use the concept of classical conditioning to help explain behavior?

Consider the following:
Conditional emotional responses (CER)