Interference Theory

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1. What does the trace decay theory state?

  • Forgetting is the result of having too much information in the brain
  • Forgetting occurs as a result of the automatic decay or fading of the memory trace
  • Forgetting is not always a bad thing
  • Forgetting occurs as a results of the short term memory failing
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2. What study did Baddeley and Hitch (1977) do and what did they discover?

  • Looked at rugby player's ability to recall information. They discovered that the results were dependent on what happened between the time frames of the games they had played (interference can be seen in everyday situations)
  • Looked at elderly people's ability to recall information and found elderly men forget more than elderly women
  • Looked at football player's ability to recall information and found that interference didn't make a difference to how the players remebered things
  • Looked at secondary school students ability to recall information and found girls remember more than boys

3. What did Sperling (1960) suggest about decay?

  • Decay isn't a big problem
  • There isn't any evidence to suggest that decay takes place
  • There is evidence to suggest that information is lost through decay from the sensory memory
  • Decay doesn't exist

4. What happens after 30 seconds if information is not rehearsed in the short term memory?

  • It fades away
  • It decays and is forgotten
  • It goes back to the sensory memory
  • It stays in the STM

5. What is proactive interference?

  • A memory goes straight into the Long term memory
  • When a newer memory interferes with an older memory
  • When an older memory interferes with a newer memory
  • A memory is forgotten instantly


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