4) Ivan Pavlov: Classical Conditioning

Despite featuring as one of the first experimenters in our series with footage, Ivan Pavlov didn’t really start out with his experiment hoping to contribute to the study of psychology. Instead, a Russian physiologist by profession, Pavlov’s influence on psychology and more specifically, the study of learning came about almost by accident.

The following reenactment shows the some original footage from Pavlov’s initial experiments. Our narrator in it isn’t Pavlov himself, but another very prominent name when it comes to classical experiments in psychology, Dr. Philip Zimbardo. (You might want to remember him, we’ll be seeing him a lot throughout the course of this series, before getting to his own experiment and contribution in segment 22)

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