Teaching and Demonstrating Classical Conditioning

Academic Article


  • Problems relating to classroom demonstrations of classical conditioning, especially tendencies to misrepresent Pavlov's procedures, are discussed. The design and construction of the Conditioner, an apparatus used for demonstrating classical conditioning, and guidelines for its use in presenting principles faithful to Pavlov's original demonstration are described. Students experience the process of conditioning as well as the processes of generalization, extinction, discrimination, and spontaneous recovery.
  • Authors

  • Sparrow, John
  • Fernald, Peter
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • December 1989
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In


  • Basic Behavioral and Social Science
  • Behavioral and Social Science
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 204
  • End Page

  • 206
  • Volume

  • 16
  • Issue

  • 4