Tip #575: The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve

On June 29, 2015, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #575: The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve

“The process of learning requires not only hearing and applying but also forgetting and then remembering again.”  John Gray

Learning retention and transfer are the key goals of training. I recently read an article that explained why post-training reinforcement is so essential. It referenced the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, which was entirely new to me.

The following information is drawn from an article titled: Use It or Lose It by Art Kohn, who is the CEO of AKLearning. All of the words in “parentheses” are Kohn’s. The italics are mine.

“… Modern neuroscience divides memory into three distinct phases: encoding, storage, and retrieval. Encoding refers to absorbing new information (for example, in a live seminar), and then giving the material meaning … Read the rest