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Definition of Conditioning, Pavlovian

Conditioning, Pavlovian: Use of a system of rewards and punishments to influence behavior. Named after the Russian physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, who conditioned dogs to respond in what proved to be a predictable manner by giving them rewards.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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