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Module 1: Théories sur l'oubli

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Mémoire : Ebbinghaus et la courbe de l'oubli

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Psychology -> Memory: Ebbinghaus and the forgetting curve

Forgetting curve

Ebbinghaus discovered that information that was forgotten followed a typical pattern or curve when plotted on a graph. He labelled this a forgetting curve. It is a graphical representation of the amount of information retained as a function of time since learning the information. Ebbinghaus found that after an hour, approximately 50% of the information is forgotten. The rate of forgetting then seems to level out and by the 31st day after learning, 28% of the information is retained. However, if the information holds meaning for the learner or is complex, the rate of forgetting is not as great.

A typical forgetting curve demonstrating the rapid loss of information in the first 20 minutes and the stabilisation of forgetting after about a month - IMAGE