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ERIC Number: EJ844428
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0211-2159
Outcome Similarity Modulates Retroactive Interference between Cues Trained Apart
Pineno, Oskar; Matute, Helena
Psicologica: International Journal of Methodology and Experimental Psychology, v26 n2 p281-292 2005
Retroactive interference between cues trained apart has been regarded as an effect that occurs because the target and interfering associations share a common outcome. Although this view is consistent with evidence in the verbal learning tradition (Underwood, 1966) and, more recently, in predictive learning with humans (Pineno & Matute, 2000), little research has been conducted to ascertain whether the occurrence of this effect critically depends on the target and interfering associations sharing an identical outcome. The present experiment examined, in predictive learning with humans, retroactive interference between cues trained apart as a function of the similarity of the outcome paired with the cues. Interference was found to be stronger when the cues were paired with the same outcome than when they were paired with either similar or different outcomes. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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