How Spaced Repetition Counters Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve

Learning always had an evolutionary purpose among species: adaptation. Species that learned to adapt to their environment survived, those that didn’t were wiped out.

That is the reason why our brains can retain important information. For instance, it does not take too much effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog is hostile, but it takes a lot more effort to remember the dog’s name. One is about safety, the other is a random fact.

Today, humans seek to learn things beyond the scope of survival; we use evolutionary, adaptive memory to remember languages, complex theories, obscure words and much more.

This can be achieved if one “convinces” the brain that the information or the skill to be acquired is important, which would help overcome the ‘forgetting curve’.

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