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Mulling Mr. Pavlov and Bells

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1173583.  Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:50 pm Reply with quote

Episode 12 stated that Pavlov never used a bell in his experiments. The issue has been bandied about in the psychology community. Roger K. Thomas has submitted some interesting research indicating that Pavlov did indeed include bells among his various other stimuli.

See from Psycoloquy Volume 5, Issue 80, Article 4.

1. In an approximately five-page article in Science, based on a report from the British Medical Journal of his Huxley lecture at Charing Cross Hospital in London on October 1, 1906, Pavlov (1906) mentioned the following:
"From our experiments it is very evident that the intensity of the
stimulation is of essential importance. In contradistinction to
this we must state with regard to acoustic impressions that very
powerful stimuli, such as the VIOLENT RINGING OF A BELL, were not,
in comparison with weaker stimuli, quick to produce conditioned
increase of function in the salivary glands. It must be supposed
that powerful acoustic stimuli produce in the body some other
important reaction which hinders the development of the salivary
reaction" (p. 616; emphasis added).

1173723.  Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:19 am Reply with quote

Ah that's a nice quibble - maybe you could put it in the TV Series quibbles forum?

Welcome to the forums, by the way :-)

1173732.  Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:35 am Reply with quote

Oops. Didn't realize I was miscategorizing it. Okay, I'll repost in the quibbles forum as long as I don't get dinged for cross-posting the same content!

Thanks for the pointer to the right spot.

1173735.  Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:48 am Reply with quote

No dinging from me - you haven't been around long enough to know your way around so to speak. I just thought it would be more polite for me to show you where to put it than to move it there myself using my Magical Moderator Powers.

1173754.  Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:01 pm Reply with quote

Frankly, cross-posting is the least of our worries round here 😆

1173761.  Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:04 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
No dinging from me...

Probably for the best. A flood of canine drool is the last thing we need around here!

1174101.  Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:57 pm Reply with quote


1174766.  Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:48 pm Reply with quote

1174810.  Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:26 pm Reply with quote

I'm afraid we have a "reverse Pavlov cat" reaction going on in this house ---

Tomcat scratching on duvet means instant human servant wakeup and opening on the bedroom door so he can get out of the room.

(evolved from tomcat marking territory by peeing in bed and scratching because ... well, decent cats just do that after peeing - to just scratching when he needs attention)


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