retroactive interference


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Related to retroactive interference: Retroactive inhibition, Weber's law, Proactive interference

retroactive interference

[‚re·trō‚ak·tiv ‚in·tər′fir·əns]
(psychology)
Type of interference in which information that is learned later interferes with information that was learned earlier.
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Zhao (1997), looking at proactive and retroactive interferences in recalling commercials that appeared during a Super Bowl football game, found that subjects recalled the first commercial, in a string of commercials, better than the last commercial.
For example, stimulus salience is said to enhance encoding, whereas retroactive interference is said to produce a retrieval deficit.
It sets a worrisome precedent of federal, retroactive interference and intrusion into state and local authority and ability to issue debt to meet public needs.