Pavlov’s Dog

Free! Pavlov’s Dogs by BrainPop is a simulator for classical conditioning. After loading the website, users are presented with three food options – bananas, turkey legs, and sausages – and three instruments – a horn, drum, and bell – to use. The objective is for users to make the dog drool by playing one of the musical instruments. To achieve this goal, users must play a musical instrument and then feed the dog. At a certain point, the dog will connect the instrument with food, which results in the dog drooling by hearing the instrument. After users complete this activity,…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6
B. Design - 7
C. Engagement - 7

6.7

Pavlov’s Dogs: An Experiment in Conditioning

Summary : Recreating Pavlov’s Famous Experiment

Pavlov’s Dogs by BrainPop is a simulator for classical conditioning. After loading the website, users are presented with three food options – bananas, turkey legs, and sausages – and three instruments – a horn, drum, and bell – to use. The objective is for users to make the dog drool by playing one of the musical instruments. To achieve this goal, users must play a musical instrument and then feed the dog. At a certain point, the dog will connect the instrument with food, which results in the dog drooling by hearing the instrument. After users complete this activity, the website provides them with information about classical conditioning and Pavlov’s experiment.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can have students complete the conditioning activity using this website and then read the follow-up information. After students have completed the activity and read the text, teachers can challenge them to develop another experiment to demonstrate classical conditioning.
  2. When teaching about classical and operant conditioning, teachers can show students this website and complete the activity. After doing so, teachers can ask them if this website demonstrates classical or operant conditioning. As students respond, teachers can ask them to explain why and how this website demonstrates classical conditioning instead of operant. Afterwards, teachers can build on this activity by asking students to design an experiment that would use operant conditioning.
  3. After completing the experiment using this website, students can read the information about conditioning. Next, teachers can have students complete a 10 Most Important Words graphic organizer, where they record the key terms and definitions used in classical conditioning.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

Screenshots

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.44.50 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.45.13 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.45.02 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.45.34 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.46.29 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.46.35 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.46.40 AM