Donald O. Hebb

1904 - 1985

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Donald Olding Hebb FRS (July 22, 1904 – August 20, 1985) was a Canadian psychologist who was influential in the area of neuropsychology, where he sought to understand how the function of neurons contributed to psychological processes such as learning. He is best known for his theory of Hebbian learning, which he introduced in his classic 1949 work The Organization of Behavior. He has been described as the father of neuropsychology and neural networks. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald O. Hebb has received more than 261,899 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Donald O. Hebb is the 83rd most popular psychologist (up from 93rd in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Canada (up from 62nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Canadian Psychologist.

Donald O. Hebb is most famous for his theory of synaptic plasticity. Hebbian synapses are a type of synaptic plasticity.

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Among psychologists, Donald O. Hebb ranks 83 out of 182Before him are Karl Abraham, George Armitage Miller, Frederick Herzberg, Ludwig Binswanger, Kurt Koffka, and Muzafer Sherif. After him are David McClelland, Alice Miller, Charles Spearman, Karl Bühler, Clark L. Hull, and Otto Gross.

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Among people born in 1904, Donald O. Hebb ranks 48Before him are George Balanchine, Karl Rahner, Clifford D. Simak, Héctor Castro, John Gielgud, and Nikolai Kuznetsov. After him are Arshile Gorky, Count Basie, Gerhard Herzberg, Serge Lifar, Lal Bahadur Shastri, and Greer Garson. Among people deceased in 1985, Donald O. Hebb ranks 30Before him are George Pólya, John Franklin Enders, Ferhat Abbas, Elsa Morante, James Hadley Chase, and Kyu Sakamoto. After him are Méret Oppenheim, André Kertész, Henry Hathaway, Jean-Marie Loret, Paul Flory, and Tage Erlander.

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Among people born in Canada, Donald O. Hebb ranks 49 out of 1,130Before him are Lois Maxwell (1927), Dan Aykroyd (1952), Ralph M. Steinman (1943), Bertram Brockhouse (1918), James Randi (1928), and Charles Taylor (1931). After him are Joni Mitchell (1943), Ryan Reynolds (1976), Glenn Ford (1916), Conrad Bain (1923), Elizabeth Arden (1878), and Drake (1986).


Among psychologists born in Canada, Donald O. Hebb ranks 3Before him are Albert Bandura (1925) and Eric Berne (1910). After him are Steven Pinker (1954), Jordan Peterson (1962), and Gordon Neufeld (1947).