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Conditioning experiment

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This game will allow you to train a dog to salivate on hearing a bell, replicating Pavlov's famous classical conditioning experiments on animals. Read the instructions, then try your hand.

Questions

  1. How many trials did it take before the dog began to salivate before it could see the food?
  2. Why does the experimenter continue with more trials after this point?

ANSWERS

  1. How many trials did it take before the dog began to salivate before it could see the food?  Six
  2. Why does the experimenter continue with more trials after this point? To reinforce the association.


You can continue with a short quiz after the game, or return to this site to read about Pavlov or another type of training, called operant conditioning.

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