Interference Theory

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1. What does the theory of trace decay suggest?

  • That all memory leaves a trace on the brain
  • Trace decay only occurs in the elderly
  • Memories are instantly forgotten
  • Memories are never forgotten
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2. What study did Baddeley and Hitch (1977) do and what did they discover?

  • Looked at elderly people's ability to recall information and found elderly men forget more than elderly women
  • 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 secondary school students ability to recall information and found girls remember more than boys
  • Looked at football player's ability to recall information and found that interference didn't make a difference to how the players remebered things

3. What does the trace decay theory state?

  • Forgetting is the result of having too much information in the brain
  • Forgetting occurs as a results of the short term memory failing
  • Forgetting occurs as a result of the automatic decay or fading of the memory trace
  • Forgetting is not always a bad thing

4. What is proactive interference?

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

5. What does interference mean?

  • Two pieces of information conflict with each other resulting in the forgetting of one thing
  • A piece of information is not remembered
  • Three pieces of information conflict with each other
  • Two pieces of information work together to cause forgetting


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