Interference Theory

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1. What does the theory of trace decay suggest?

  • Trace decay only occurs in the elderly
  • Memories are instantly forgotten
  • That all memory leaves a trace on the brain
  • Memories are never forgotten
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2. What did Sperling (1960) suggest about decay?

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

3. What study demonstrates trace decay happening?

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

4. 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

5. What is proactive interference?

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


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