Pavlov claimed that his experiments with dogs would transform the study of psychology and the treatment of mental illness. His work inspired researchers to study how animals learn to traverse mazes, avoid shocks, or press levers to obtain food, and also to compare the learning and cognitive abilities of different species, ranging from apes and dolphins to rats and pigeons. Pavlov's Legacy describes five decades of research into animal learning and comparative psychology, examining Pavlov's influence on this research and discoveries made by scientists who accepted many of his claims, while others looked for evidence to reject them. Drawing together diverse strands of research and providing historical and biographical information to bring the details to life, this is an ideal resource for graduate students and researchers in behavioural neuroscience, as well as for anyone in adjacent fields with an interest in learning theory.
1. Ivan Pavlov, Conditioned reflexes and experimental neuroses
2. Developing habits: clark hull and the hullians
3. Learning where things are and where events happen
4. Fear, avoidance and punishment
5. Comparative psychology: species differences in what animals can learn
6. Imprinting and constraints on learning
7. Discrimination learning and attention
8. B. F. Skinner and the experimental analysis of behavior
9. How animals learn to associate events
Robert A. Boakes is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney. He has held positions at universities in the UK and USA, focussing his research efforts on the study of learning, mainly in animals. He has published numerous articles on animal learning and co-authored a Cambridge handbook on animal training, Carrots and Sticks (2007), following his highly regarded previous Cambridge book, From Darwin to Behaviourism (1984).