Ivan Pavlov and Classical Conditioning: Theory, Experiments & Contributions to Psychology


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What did Pavlov originally set out to study?

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1. What did John Watson's experiment show?

2. Which of these is a contribution that Pavlov made to psychology?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ivan Pavlov was a Russian scientist who ended up making great contributions to the study of psychology; this quiz/worksheet combo will test you on some of his work and contributions to psychology. You'll be tested on his methodology and the theories produced by his studies.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Pavlov's original course of study
  • Pavlov's contributions to psychology
  • John Watson's and Ivan Pavlov's experiments
  • Conditioned and unconditioned responses

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast studies done by John Watson and studies done by Ivan Pavlov
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define and differentiate between conditioned and unconditioned responses
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Little Albert experiment
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about classical conditioning in humans in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about Ivan Pavlov, review the accompanying lesson on Pavlov and Classical Conditioning Theory. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify Ivan Pavlov's contributions to psychology
  • Differentiate between conditioned and unconditioned responses
  • Compare Pavlov's and Watson's experiments
  • Understand how classical conditioning can apply to humans