Ebbinghaus's contribution to the measurement of retention: savings during relearning

J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn. 1985 Jul;11(3):472-9. doi: 10.1037//0278-7393.11.3.472.


The focus here is on Ebbinghaus's sole measure of retention: savings during relearning. The article is divided into four sections: (a) the historical perspective surrounding Ebbinghaus's use of savings and relearning (including a fundamental difference between Ebbinghaus's conception of memory and that of his contemporaries such as William James), (b) potential problems with savings as a measure of retention, (c) recent findings based on savings and relearning, and (d) applications of savings and relearning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Memory*
  • Psychological Theory
  • Psychometrics
  • Retention, Psychology*