Nathan asked in Social SciencePsychology · 1 month ago

How do we know that Pavlov didn't operantly condition himself to want to feed his dogs every time he rang the bell?

2 Answers

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    IP was rewarding himself by obtaining positive/negative results, and there was no negative reinforcement, hence no need to escape or to end the experiment.

    So we can "know" (assume) that IP was super-operantly conditioned, but b/c he was not so much in a box (controlled) as the animals, he was "motivated," not "conditioned," a kind of Maslowian self-actualization:'s_hierarchy_o...

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Excellent point.

    Source(s): Perhaps the dogs were just humoring him.
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