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retroactive interference

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(also retroactive inhibition)

Definition of retroactive interference in English:

noun

[mass noun] Psychology
The tendency of later learning to hinder the memory of previously learned material.
Example sentences
  • 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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