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Transcript of Hermann Ebbinghaus
Hermann Ebbinghaus began on his first set of memory tasks in late 1878 which took him over a year to complete. Ebbinghaus used a variety of methods to help him perform tests and to prove theories such as the ‘forgetting curve’ which defined the immense loss of information that one person had previously learned and the learning curve where Ebbinghaus shows how fast a person is able to learn information. Contribution to Psychology Resources Hermann Ebbinghaus contributed a lot of theories in regard to the memory area of psychology. He helped in research with the ‘forgetting curve’, the ‘learning curve’, the ‘serial position effect’ where it studies differences between long-term and short-term memory loss. Not only did he help with theories, he helped out with other tasks such as studying the abilities of school children and psychotherapy to change the mind of a patient.
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