About Pavlov's Dog

The Pavlov's Dog Game and related reading are based on some of the scientific achievements of Ivan Pavlov, who was awarded the 1904 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Even though the first image that comes to mind with Ivan Pavlov is his drooling dogs, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his pioneering studies of how the digestive system works.  

Pavlov's Dog Game

- What's a conditioned reflex?
- What's a stimulus?
- How can you learn a conditioned reflex?

In this game, you will find out if you can train a dog to drool on command - an example of a conditioned reflex. Ivan Pavlov's description of how animals (and humans) can be trained to respond in a certain way to a particular stimulus, paved the way for a new and objective method of studying animal and human behavior.

The object of the game is to train Pavlov's dog to respond to a signal that it will associate with being fed. Choose the right signals with his food and you will become successful; choose the wrong options and the dog will refuse to respond to your signals.

For instructions on how to play the game, click on the HELP button found at the bottom of the game window.

Reading: "Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936)"

Who was Ivan Pavlov?
Pavlov's drooling dogs
Different kind of reflexes
Why were Pavlov's findings given so much acknowledgement?
Pavlov's Nobel Prize

Read "Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936)"

The Pavlov's Dog Game was produced by: Nobel Media
First published: May 2001
Estimated play time: 5-10 min.
Plug in requirements: None
Sound: Yes
High score: No

To cite this page
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