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 292,086 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Donald O. Hebb is the 88th most popular psychologist (down from 83rd in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Canada (down from 49th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular 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 88 out of 183Before him are Walter Bradford Cannon, Muzafer Sherif, Ludwig Binswanger, Karl Bühler, Vladimir Bekhterev, and Benjamin Bloom. After him are Antonio Damasio, George Armitage Miller, Rollo May, Aleksei N. Leontiev, James McKeen Cattell, and Harry Stack Sullivan.

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Among people born in 1904, Donald O. Hebb ranks 52Before him are Nikolai Kuznetsov, Karl Rahner, John Gielgud, Héctor Castro, Moshé Feldenkrais, and Gerhard Herzberg. After him are Serge Lifar, Otto Robert Frisch, Peter Lorre, Ernst-Günther Schenck, Leopold Trepper, and George Stevens. Among people deceased in 1985, Donald O. Hebb ranks 33Before him are Elsa Morante, Rodney Robert Porter, James Hadley Chase, Robert Graves, George Pólya, and Kyu Sakamoto. After him are Macfarlane Burnet, The Singing Nun, Tage Erlander, Méret Oppenheim, Tjalling Koopmans, and André Kertész.

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Among people born in Canada, Donald O. Hebb ranks 55 out of 1,350Before him are Elizabeth Arden (1878), Geneviève Bujold (1942), Arthur B. McDonald (1943), Drake (1986), Ralph M. Steinman (1943), and James Randi (1928). After him are William Vickrey (1914), Pamela Anderson (1967), Glenn Ford (1916), Maud Lewis (1903), Ryan Gosling (1980), and Mack Sennett (1880).


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), Robert D. Hare (1934), and Gordon Neufeld (1947).