Primacy Effect

Primacy Effect Definition

A term coined by psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus in the 19th Century, the Primacy Effect refers to the fact that you’re able to better remember items at the beginning of a list than in the middle.

It also refers to the fact that you’re able to better remember occurrences and elements learned at the beginning of an event – such as material learned at the beginning of a study session.

Check out our article about how the Primacy Effect helps with Improving Memory, through something called the Fairytale Effect