I’m watching “The Brain: a secret history” on BBC4, its talking about Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) and classical conditioning, I definitely did not know he had furthered his famous experiments on dogs by conducting them on children. They conditioned children to open their mouths and chew (conditioned response) every time the their wrists were squeezed (conditioned stimulus) by continually feeding them cookies (unconditioned stimulus) out of a tube. By pairing the neutral stimulus of the child’s wrist being lightly squeezed with the real stimuli of cookies, the child was conditioned to open their mouths/chew every time their wrists were squeezed, despite no cookies being dispensed by the, horribly degrading, tube. It seems that Pavlov also directly mirrored his classic experiments on salivation in dogs on Children, including surgically implanting a collecting duct in their salivary glands to measure the amount of saliva in response to the conditioned stimulus, what ever that may have been. FUCKED. Naughty man 

On a better note, B F Skinner’s (the dude that did operant conditioning) daughter has conditioned her rad cat how to play piano \m/

I’m sorry for my shit explanation, its too late for brain function, and its tumblr, not sk00l. Ya know? 

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