Nick the Neurotic Dog

You've probably heard of the Russian researcher Ivan Pavlov who conditioned dogs to salivate whenever they heard the ringing of a bell. Less well known, but more appropriate for Weird Universe, are the experiments of Pavlov's American student W. Horsley Gantt, who was a researcher at Johns Hopkins. Instead of making dogs salivate, Gantt had a dog named Nick who became conditioned to develop an erection whenever he heard a tone. Mandy Merck briefly describes the experiments with Nick in her book In Your Face: 9 Sexual Studies:

Gantt's subjects included Fritz the Alsatian, Peter the beagle, a male poodle known as "V3," and especially the mongrel Nick, subject of "the most meticulous and complete case history of a single animal to be found in the conditioned reflex literature." These animals and others like them were subjected to a barrage of procedures to study conflicts of the drives between, for example, experimentally induced anxiety states and sexual excitement... Nick, in particular, exhibited symptomatic erections and ejaculations whenever he encountered stimuli associated with previous situations of anxiety. Years after one such experiment, in which anxious reactions were elicited by requiring dogs to make a difficult distinction between two tones of similar pitch (a distinction that determined whether the dog was fed), Nick would develop a "prominent erection... within a few seconds after the onset of the tone," Gantt enthused. "We could always count of Nick for a demonstration."

Shown is a picture of poor Nick demonstrating his unusual talent.
     Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 22, 2010
     Category: Animals | Science | Experiments | Sexuality

With men it's the sound of a zipper going down. :coolsmile:
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/22/10 at 12:15 PM
Superb post, Alex! Welcome home!
Posted by Paul on 11/22/10 at 12:31 PM
Oh, yea! That is Alex. Welcome back.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/22/10 at 12:53 PM
Aaand this research, if properly applied, could kill the Viagra market.
Posted by venomlash on 11/22/10 at 01:29 PM
and we complain about useless studies done now a days!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/22/10 at 03:09 PM
so he filled them out with invisible ink then scout? :cheese:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/23/10 at 12:49 AM
This is not that strange, I had a room mate who had the same thing happen whenever he heard the theme to Baywatch! :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/23/10 at 10:49 AM
P.S. welcome back Alex!! 😊
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/23/10 at 10:51 AM
Which makes you a far worse person than the researchers, Cindy, and also an extremely ignorant one.
Posted by Dumbfounded on 11/26/10 at 08:36 AM
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