Science Blogs’ History Challenge

Hermann EbbignhausThe blog Skulls in the Stars (“physics, pulp fantasy, horror fiction and a bit of politics”) has challenged science bloggers to “read and research an old, classic scientific paper and write a blog post about it.” In response, the excellent psychology blog Cognitive Daily has decided to devote a week’s worth of blog postings to the history of psychology.

Their first installment is a summary of Hermann Ebbinghaus’ legendary experiments on memory, first published in 1885. And as far as it goes, it is a quite good summary. The aim is commemoration and celebration. There is no effort to situate Ebbinghaus’ work in its historical context. Nevertheless, it is nice to see a prominent psychology blog take up the discipline’s past.

About Christopher Green

Professor of Psychology at York University (Toronto). Former editor of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Creator of the "Classics in the History of Psychology" website and of the "This Week in the History of Psychology" podcast series.

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