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Monday, December 08, 2014

Definitions for Pavlovian

  1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Pavlov or his work, especially of experiments in which he elicited predictable responses from laboratory animals.

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Citations for Pavlovian
They are like those “assorted” cookies that differ from one another only in shape and shade, whereby their shrewd makers ensnare the salivating consumer in a mad Pavlovian world where, at no extra cost, variations in simple visual values influence and gradually replace flavor, which thus goes the way of talent and truth. Vladimir Nabokov, "Lance," The New Yorker, February 2, 1952
This is known as a Pavlovian effect, I tell the boy as I pour a tumbler for him to drink, my gums smarting like hell just from the stink. Heather McGowan, Duchess of Nothing, 2006
Origin of Pavlovian
1925-1930
Pavlovian entered English in the 1920s as a term for followers of the work of the Russian physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov.