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Timing in retroactive interference.

Authors
  • Escobar, Martha1
  • Miller, Ralph R
  • 1 Auburn University, Department of Psychology, Auburn, Alabama 36849-5214, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Learning & behavior
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2003
Volume
31
Issue
3
Pages
257–272
Identifiers
PMID: 14577549
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Retroactive interference is conventionally viewed as attenuated retrieval of a target association due to the training of a second association between training and testing of the target association. In three experiments in which water-deprived rats were used as subjects, we manipulated the durations of the time between cue termination and outcome onset (Experiment 1), the durations of the target and the interfering cues (Experiment 2), and the durations of the outcome used during target and interfering training (Experiment 3). Greater interference was consistently observed between associations bearing a high degree of similarity in their temporal structure, which suggests that interference occurs between complex representations that encode not only the physical attributes of the stimuli, but also their temporal characteristics.

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