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What is interference?
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What is interference?
Interference is where two memory tasks get in the way of one of another and can lead to the forgetting of memories
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What is interference?
Interference theory is a theory of forgetting, so it attempts to explain why we sometimes can't recall information that we've learnt correctly/at all.

Interference theory claims that we forget information because one memory (or piece of information) disrupts our ability to recall another one.

There are two types of interference: proactive and retroactive interference. This just refers to whether it's an old memory affecting a new one or vice verca.

Proactive interference: past learning/memories interfere with current attempts at learning
--> e.g. You buy a new remote control, but keep pressing buttons that existed on your old remote but don't now

Retroactive interference: current learning interferes with past learning/memories
--> e.g. You learnt French a year ago, and have now started learnings Spanish. When you try speaking French again, you make mistakes and speak Spanish instead.

I hope that helps!
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