Pavlovian Society

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Pavlovian Society
Named afterIvan Pavlov
FormationMay 7, 1955; 63 years ago (1955-05-07)
FounderW. Horsley Gantt
Founded atJohns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
TypeLearned society
Catharine Rankin
David Bucci

The Pavlovian Society, also known as the Pavlovian Society of North America,[1]:xiii is a learned society dedicated to advancing Pavlovian psychological research, and to promoting the exchange of ideas between scientific disciplines.[2]


The Pavlovian Society was established in 1955 by W. Horsley Gantt, at a ceremony held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of his Pavlovian Laboratory at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. On May 7, 1955, at the conclusion of the 25th anniversary ceremony, the Society's first meeting was held. The meeting was attended by Gantt, Howard Liddell, Edward Kempf, David Rioch, and William G. Reese. The agreement reached at that meeting was for the society's membership to be initially limited to thirty-five people.[3] Early in its history, the Pavlovian Society held its annual meetings in or near Baltimore and/or New York City, but this began to change as the society began to attract more members from other countries.[4] John J. Furedy, a former president of the society, claimed that it was unique among psychological learned societies in being truly open to "genuine debate and discussion", which he argued was representative of a pre-Socratic philosophy.[5]


Gantt was the founding president of the Pavlovian Society, serving from 1955 to 1965.[6] Other people who have served as president of the society since then include Michael Fanselow,[7] Richard F. Thompson,[8] and B. F. Skinner.[9] The current president is Catharine Rankin.[10]


  1. ^ McGuigan, Frank J.; Ban, Thomas A. (1987). Critical Issues in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Physiology: A Memorial to W. Horsley Gantt. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9782881241376.
  2. ^ "Psychological and Brain Sciences professor honored by Pavlovian Society". Iowa Now. University of Iowa. 2018-10-12. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  3. ^ Reese, William G. (1982-10-01). "Early history of the Pavlovian Society". The Pavlovian Journal of Biological Science. 17 (4): 171–177. doi:10.1007/BF03001270 (inactive 2019-01-06). ISSN 1936-3567.
  4. ^ "History". Pavlovian Society. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  5. ^ Furedy, John J. (2001-01-01). "An epistemologically arrogant community of contending scholars: A pre-socratic perspective on the past, present, and future of the Pavlovian Society". Integrative Physiological & Behavioral Science. 36 (1): 5–14. doi:10.1007/BF02733944. ISSN 1936-3567.
  6. ^ "W. Horsley Gantt". Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  7. ^ "Michael S. Fanselow, Ph.D." UCLA Brain Research Institute. University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  8. ^ "Richard Thompson, PhD". Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  9. ^ Catania, A; Laties, V (November 1999). "Pavlov And Skinner: Two Lives In Science (An Introduction To B. F. Skinner's "Some Responses To The Stimulus 'Pavlov' ")". Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. 72 (3): 455–461. doi:10.1901/jeab.1999.72-455. ISSN 0022-5002. PMC 1284757. PMID 16812925.
  10. ^ "Officers". Pavlovian Society. Retrieved 2019-01-06.

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