Treasure Island

Alessandra Liverani

(Wollongong, Australia)

Pavlov's Dog: Advanced Lesson


Pavlov was a psychologist, I think
Who supplied his dogs with food and drink
But always preceded the giving of the victuals
By ringing a bell, that was his ritual

The dogs became conditioned and would be begin salivating
Upon hearing the bell, which to the food they were relating
Their mind was programmed by this little tinkle
Though they didn't realise it, they had no inkle

The noise of a bell, though it didn't taste or smell like food
Got these dogs in a very hungry mood
Just like smokers are conditioned to relax and unwind
By inhaling noxious fumes which only confuse their mind

(Sydney, Australia - 2006)

Submitted: Saturday, December 09, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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  • Atsid Nehtoitem (5/25/2013 7:12:00 PM)

    Exactly! As a psychology major, I have nothing but admiration for tobacco companies. I'm glad they're the ones killing me, out of pure respect. (Report) Reply

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