Definition of Pavlovian in English:



  • Relating to classical conditioning as described by I. P. Pavlov.

    ‘the sound of the tea trolley created a Pavlovian reaction among the men’
    • ‘Inspired by the famous Pavlovian dog experiments, Hebb theorized that connections among neurons that fired at the same time should become strengthened.’
    • ‘It's quite catchy, but so is influenza, and the exposure needed to set the tune in your brain suggests that the response is Pavlovian rather than genuine in nature.’
    • ‘It's like a Pavlovian reflex, an automatic reaction.’
    • ‘A good portion of the listening public have simply become Pavlovian dogs conditioned to button pushing until their reward is dispensed.’
    • ‘In contrast to Pavlovian conditioning, however, aversive or noxious stimuli cannot act as instrumental reinforcers through a positive relationship with a response.’
    • ‘That same Pavlovian reaction is now being elicited on Broadway as well.’
    • ‘It seems to be a translation of Pavlovian conditioning into neural terms.’
    • ‘It's honest reaction versus a Pavlovian reaction.’
    • ‘In the 1930s, he used Pavlovian techniques to examine ideas of behaviour and compulsion.’
    • ‘Or is there something in the national psyche that has a Pavlovian reaction to certain national traits of the former enemy?’
    • ‘But it is also a Pavlovian reflex that lacks the benefit of judgment required of ethical decision making.’
    • ‘Freud might equally well have used Pavlovian terminology.’
    • ‘The opening scene is likely to provoke a Pavlovian drool reaction in the audience.’
    • ‘It's a Pavlovian reaction, adrenaline pumping round her body.’
    • ‘Indeed, the experience of all this confection, a surfeit of assorted fruit flavors and candy colors, is mouthwatering in an almost Pavlovian way.’
    • ‘It's like a pre-programmed Pavlovian reaction, only without the dogs.’
    • ‘Soviet psychology at this time was dominated by Pavlovian theory - which emphasised connections between psychology and physiology.’
    • ‘In Pavlovian conditioning the person is unable to control the situation.’
    • ‘And finally, it's a bad idea because it exemplifies the urge to replace political discourse with Pavlovian conditioning.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I still say the name in my head at difficult times but this is more of a Pavlovian reaction.’