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Pavlov, Ivan Petrovich (1849–1936)

  1. N. A. Haynie

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0647

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Haynie, N. A. 2010. Pavlov, Ivan Petrovich (1849–1936). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Honolulu, HI

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Ivan Petrovich Pavlov was the eldest of 11 children. He learned about hard work and responsibility at an early age. In 1860, Pavlov entered a theological seminary, but in 1870 he changed his mind and went to the University of St. Petersburg to study to begin a long career in physiological research. He earned his doctorate in 1883 from the Military Medical Academy. In 1891, he was appointed director of the Department of Physiology at the Institute of Experimental Medicine in St. Petersburg, and in 1897, he became a professor at the university. In 1904, his research work on the primary digestive glands was recognized with the Nobel Prize.


  • behaviorism;
  • conditioning;
  • learning;
  • reinforcement