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[pav-lov, -lawf; Russian pah-vluh f] /ˈpæv lɒv, -lɔf; Russian ˈpɑ vləf/
Ivan Petrovich
[ee-vahn pyi-traw-vyich] /iˈvɑn pyɪˈtrɔ vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA),
1849–1936, Russian physiologist: Nobel Prize in medicine 1904. Unabridged
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  • The whole mechanism of the transfer and of the recoil may best be expressed in terms of the conditioned reflex of Pavlov.

  • This fact, which was first noted by Setchenov, was experimentally demonstrated by Pavlov and his students.

    Taboo and Genetics Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
  • Pavlov's book will further explain and clarify the concept of the conditioned response mechanism.

  • I would recommend Pavlov's book called Conditioned Reflexes.

  • Experiments by Pavlov and others have shown that  the taste and enjoyment of food stimulate the flow of digestive juices.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • Pavlov has shown that without such attention and enjoyment of the taste of food, the secretion of gastric juice is lessened.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • Pavlov has shown  that meat is one of the most and perhaps the most “peptogenic” of foods.

    How to Live Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • Ditto for hypnosis and/or Pavlov's 'conditioned reflex', by the way.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage.... Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for Pavlov


/ˈpævlɒv; Russian ˈpavləf/
Ivan Petrovich (iˈvan pɪˈtrɔvitʃ). 1849–1936, Russian physiologist. His study of conditioned reflexes in dogs influenced behaviourism. He also made important contributions to the study of digestion: Nobel prize for physiology or medicine 1904
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Pavlov in Medicine

Pavlov Pav·lov (pāv'lôf', -lŏv', päv'ləf), Ivan Petrovich. 1849-1936.

Russian physiologist known for his discovery of the conditioned response. He won a 1904 Nobel Prize for his research on the nature of digestion.

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Pavlov in Science
  (pāv'lôv', -lôf')   
Russian physiologist who studied the digestive system of dogs, investigating the nervous control of salivation and the role of enzymes. His experiments showed that if a bell is rung whenever food is presented to a dog, the dog will eventually salivate when it hears the bell, even if no food is presented. This demonstration of what is known as a conditioned response prompted later scientific studies of human and animal behavior.
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