Interference Theory

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1. What did McGeoch & McDonald's study into interference find?

  • The participants didn't have any issues with memorising word lists
  • A group given synonyms performed the best
  • A group that were given synonyms performed worst and suggests that when memories are more similar there is more interference
  • Interference didn't affect the participants
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2. What happens after 30 seconds if information is not rehearsed in the short term memory?

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

3. What is a problem with the trace decay theory?

  • Can't control the participanta
  • Can't control the events that happen between learning and recall
  • Can't stop decay from happening
  • Can't see decay

4. What study did Baddeley and Hitch (1977) do and what did they discover?

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

5. What is a weakness of the studies that look at interference?

  • They don't give the correct results
  • They don't give valid results
  • They are manipulated to bring about the desired response
  • They don't use big samples

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