Ivan Pavlov



Pavlov was born in Ryazan, Russia on September 14, 1849. His father, who was the priest in the village, influenced his earliest education and introduced him to theology. He attended his village church school and later went to seminary school. Influenced by the thoughts and ideas of Charles Darwin, Pavlov deserted his religious inquisitions and turned to the studies of science.

contributions to psychology & experiments

Pavlov conducted an experiment on dogs to test their salivation. He would place certain stimuli in front of them and see how much they drool. He named this reaction a "conditional reflex". He also discovered that this reflex was controlled by the cerebral cortex. Although he was not a true psychologist, he recieved the nobel prize in 1904 for physiology.


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