Proactive interference effects on aging: is inhibition a factor?

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Tehan, Gerald and Hauff, Helen M.. 2000. "Proactive interference effects on aging: is inhibition a factor?" Australian Psychologist. 35 (3), pp. 249-254. https://doi.org/10.1080/00050060008257487
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Proactive interference effects on aging: is inhibition a factor?

ERA Journal ID6118
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsTehan, Gerald (Author) and Hauff, Helen M. (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Psychologist
Journal Citation35 (3), pp. 249-254
Number of Pages6
Year2000
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0005-0067
1742-9544
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00050060008257487
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00050060008257487
Abstract

Elderly people show memory deficits over short retention intervals. One explanation for this effect that has been proposed is that the elderly have problems with inhibiting irrelevant material. To test this proposition, younger and older adults were compared on a short-term cued recall task in which proactive interference was manipulated. Elderly people were expected to be more susceptible to PI than the younger group. While there were age differences in absolute levels of performance there was no evidence for differential susceptibility to PI. The error patterns were the same for both groups suggesting that over short retention intervals, inhibition processes do not deteriorate with age.

Keywordselderly, aging, short-term memory, short-term recall, inhibition, proactive interference
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
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