Psych M.D. - Proactive Interference


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Term: Proactive Interference 1
Definition (Myers): The disruptive effect of prior learning on the recall of new information. 1
Definition (alternative): Occurs when information that is learned recently is lost because it is confused with previously learned information, especially if the information is similar. 2
Contextual explanation: When more and more information is learned, a person's memory does not store all the information but rather mixes up the new information with the old information. The information previously learned that is stored in the person's memory makes it difficult to learn new information. For example, when a person purchases a new combination lock or gets a new phone number, the old one may interfere. 1
Related terms and concepts: 1
Proactive Interference 3


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Sources:
  1. Myers, D. G. (2007). Exploring Psychology Seventh Edition. New York: Worth.
  2. Anderson, and Mayer. "Forgetting." Purdue. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2009. <http://education.calumet.purdue.edu/vockell/EdPsyBook/Edpsy6/edpsy6_forgetting.htm>.
  3. Wade, Carole, and Carol Tavris. "Why We Forget." Prentice Hall Interactive Lectures. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Nov. 2009. <http://wps.prenhall.com/hss_wade_psychology_8/30/7716/1975511.cw/content/index.html>.
Edited by: Soobin
Date of last edit: November 5, 2009



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