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Center for the History of Psychology

"The Scholar's Room" - a new exhibition of the Center for the History of Psychology


With its latest exhibition the Center for the History of Psychology of the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg invites its visitors on a time travel to a “Scholar’s Room” of Psychology in the early 20th century.

University President Prof. Pauli sits at Hermann Ebbinghaus' desk. Photo: Esther Gildemann

Surrounded by original furniture of the past, a large variety of literature, and historic apparatus from the 1890s to the 1920s, the guests can discover many treasures of the center’s collection. Since the exhibition is held in a rather small area, our guests will be amazed by how much there is to discover. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be the original desk of the famous German Psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909), the discoverer of the forgetting curve, which was kindly donated to the center’s collection by his family a few weeks ago. However, the exhibition is not exclusively about Ebbinghaus´ work. Instead, it displays a hand-picked selection of objects from different scientist of the time kept in "The Scholar’s Room”. As with all the center's exhibitions, there is also the opportunity to take part in psychological experiments yourself - be surprised.

During the guided tour the visitors will all get the chance to be photographed with the Ebbinghaus desk to have a souvenir for remembering a hopefully adventurous and interesting time travel.