Pavlovian

Pavlovian

[pav-loh-vee-uhn, -law-, -lov-ee-]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Pavlov or his work, especially of experiments in which he elicited predictable responses from laboratory animals.

Origin:
1925–30; Pavlov + -ian

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Pavlovian (pævˈləʊvɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the work of Ivan Pavlov
2.  (of a reaction or response) automatic; involuntary

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Pavlovian
1931, from the theories, experiments, and methods of Rus. physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936), especially in connection with the salivary reflexes of dogs to mental stimulus of the sound of a bell (attested from 1911, in Pavloff [sic] method).
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