Drug Conditioning and Drug Effects on Cardiovascular Conditional Functions

  • Jorge Perez-Cruet


The modern application of some old and general laws of conditional behavior to physiologic and pharmacologic problems is a novel phenomenon in American science. The general laws of conditional behavior were first explored and postulated by Pavlov (1928) and Thorndike (1911) some fifty years ago. Pavlov established that the fundamental process of conditioning was psychic in nature and that it depended on two major variables: a conditional stimulus and a reinforcement. More recently, with the discovery of the stimulus properties of drugs, the area of conditioning and behavioral science acquired additional dimensions in terms of both experimental and clinical applications. The present report concerns the use of drugs and classical Pavlovian conditioning procedures in the study of cardiovascular function.


Conditional Stimulus Conditional Reflex Cardiovascular Function Aortic Blood Flow Hypothalamic Stimulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Perez-Cruet
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Clinical PharmacologyThe National Heart InstituteBethesdaUSA

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