proactive interference

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proactive interference

[Prō‚ak·tiv ‚in·tər′fir·əns]
(psychology)
The situation in which old memories inhibit the learning of new memories.
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[2] equally found evidence for proactive inhibition of irrelevant stimuli without a trace of preceding attention capture.
We used ERPs to assess early effects of capture or proactive inhibition. Late inhibition was assessed through the presence of IOR in saccadic reaction times after a sufficiently long CTOA of 1 s.
With the current procedure, we cannot decide which of these interpretations holds true, that is, whether the temporally more variable or trailing onset of the N2pc by the irrelevant cues reflected less initial capture by these cues or a combination of initial capture by the irrelevant cues and proactive inhibition of the irrelevant cues.