Educator Resources for Pavlov's Dog

Can you train a dog to drool on command? Students will test their skills in Pavlovian conditioning in this game about conditioned reflexes. The object of the game is to train Pavlov's dog to respond to a signal that it will associate with being fed. Players will be successful if they choose the right signals with the dog's food. We recommend having students experiment with various types of conditioned responses through game play as well as through real-life experiments. Pavlov's Dog is based on the Nobel Prize-winning work of Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov. His descriptions of how animals (and humans) can be trained to respond in certain ways to a particular stimulus paved the way for a new method of studying animal and human behavior.