Pavlov Was Right
Characters become conditioned.


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When a character learns to relate an event with a reaction, and thus they will react the same way whenever that events happen.

The title refers to Ivan Pavlov, who researched classical conditioning.

A Bavarian Fire Drill is possible because of this.

Examples

Literature
  • In Peter Pan a crocodile swallowed an alarm clock which keeps ticking, and Captain Hook uses this fact as a warning of its presence. At one point, he becomes desperate in fear due to being inside a house with lots of ticking clocks.

Western Animation
  • In an episode of Rugrats Angelica is in bed and (ab)uses a bell to get attended by Tommy's parents, exasperating them. At one point, Tommy's father has a breakdown after hearing the door's bell.

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