Forgetting- Interference

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  • Forgetting: Interference
    • This is when one memory disrupts the recall of another.
      • Occurs especially with memories that are similar such as what you had for tea.
    • There are 2 types of interference
      • Proactive: Older learning interfering with newer learning.
        • Underwood found that people's performance of recalling lists dropped as the number of lists got longer. The earlier lists interfered with the newer ones.
      • Retroactive: newer learning interfering with older learning.
        • McGeoch and McDonald gave people 2 lists of adjectives with 10 mins inbetween and then asked them to recall the first list. They found that the recall was poorer if the words in the second list were synonyms of the first list.


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