There’s a good chance that when you were in school you studied about Ivan Pavlov and his dog. Pavlovian Conditioning was once all the rage. It’s a form of learning in which one stimulus, the conditioned stimulus, comes to signal the occurrence of a second stimulus, call the unconditioned stimulus.
In other words, ring a bell and your dog or cat comes to be fed. Even without food, ring the bell at a different time, and the pet comes running (works with goldfish, too).
Well, Mac users, here’s a way to bring Pavlov’s theories to life on your Mac using the free app Listen!
Launch Listen! and setup sounds and the duration of time between sounds.
Use different sounds as audible anchors to condition your thoughts associated with the sound. For example, Listen! can play a sound for nap time, exercise time, call your mother-in-law, study time, or any other activity to create a conditioned response.
Sounds are stored in a specific folder and you can add your own.
You can also see where this is going, right? For example, use a specific sound to associate a call to action to take a nap. Ostensibly anyway, when you’re out to dinner and hear the exact same sound, you’d get tired and prepare to take a nap.
When certain sounds are used regularly during conditioning, hearing the sound again later in a different setting recalls to mind the original conditioning. You may not cluck like a chicken at the next staff meeting, but Listen! is free to use.