Definition of retroactive interference in English:

retroactive interference

Line breaks: retro|active inter|fer¦ence
(also retroactive inhibition)


[mass noun] Psychology
  • The tendency of later learning to hinder the memory of previously learned material.
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    • Allan Baddeley demonstrated an interesting example of retroactive interference in everyday life events.
    • It has been demonstrated that misleading statements from an interviewer can impair children's ability to remember event details in a process know as retroactive interference.
    • Retroactive interference occurs when previously learned information is lost because it is mixed up with new and somewhat similar information.

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