Educated at the University of Leipzig, Hering received his M.D. degree and remained in Leipzig for a number of years. He produced numerous papers during this time on visual space and eye movement which led to an invitation as physiology lecturer at the Vienna Military Medical Academy. This brought him into contact with Joseph Breuer and the two worked on respiration resulting in the Hering-Breuer reflex. In 1870, Hering accepted the post of professor of physiology at the Charles University in Prague, a position he would continue to hold for 25 years. In 1895, he returned to Leipzig and became head of the physiology department. Hering did much relevant research in color vision, spatial perception and memory. In 1913, he joined the faculty of the University of Cologne as professor of physiology. He died from tuberculosis. His works include Beitrage zur Physiologie (1861), Die Lehre vom Lichtsinne (1878), On Memory and the Specific Energies of the Nervous System (1897) and Unconscious Memory (1910).
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On Memory and the Specific Energies of the Nervous System
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