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Pavlov and the concept of association

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I. P. Pavlov was profoundly influenced during his youth by the writings of D. I. Pisarev and I. M. Sechenov. Sechenov explained the voluntary act in terms of the formation of associations among sensory impressions and motor responses. Apparently under Pisarev’s influence, Pavlov studied the physiology of the circulatory and digestive systems. In explaining the formation of the conditional reflex (CR), Pavlov rejected the Wundtian, anthropomorphic conceptualization of CR as suggested by A. T. Snarskii. However, using the objective CR method, the Pavlovians experimentally investigated the formation in the cortex of neural connections, which were equated with associations.

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Windholz, G., Lamal, P.A. Pavlov and the concept of association. Pav. J. Biol. Sci. 21, 12–15 (1986). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02995034

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Keywords

  • Salivary Gland
  • Conditional Reflex
  • High Nervous Activity
  • Sensory Impression
  • Animal Intelligence