The concept of "chain reflex” refers to a series of consecutive responses in which each response serves as a stimulus that evokes the next response. The term was coined and introduced in 1899 by Jacques Loeb (Loeb 1899, 1900). The concept was based on findings in research in physiology and psychology. In 1906, Charles Sherrington demonstrated that all elementary motor activities of animals are based on "chain rexlexes” (Sherrington 1906). The concept of ”chain reflex” was extended by Ivan Petrovich Pavlov to incude conditional reflex chains (Pavlov 1927).
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Sherrington CS. The Integrative Action of the Nervous System. New Haven: Yale University Press; 1906.
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