Interference Theory

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1. What is retroactive interference?

  • When a newer memory interferes with an older memory
  • A memory goes straight to the short term memory
  • When an older memory interferes with a newer memory
  • A memory is instantly forgotten
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2. What study demonstrates trace decay happening?

  • West & West
  • Brown & Brown
  • Peterson & Peterson.
  • Sandra & Sandra

3. 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 football player's ability to recall information and found that interference didn't make a difference to how the players remebered things
  • 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

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

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

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

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


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