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Memory Interference; Source Monitoring

The content delves into the complexities of memory interference, distinguishing between retroactive and proactive interference, and explores the concept of source monitoring, including its internal and external forms.
  • Retroactive interference occurs when new memories hinder the recall of older ones, often seen in procedural tasks like switching from skiing to snowboarding.
  • Proactive interference is when old memories interfere with the recall of new information, a phenomenon more common and pronounced in older adults.
  • Source monitoring involves attributing memories to their correct source, with internal monitoring distinguishing between imagined and real experiences, and external monitoring relating to the origin of factual knowledge.
  • Errors in source monitoring increase with age, leading to more pronounced biases and misattributions, impacting both internal and external forms of memory attribution.
  • The practice problem highlights the importance of understanding different types of memory interference and monitoring for effective memory recall and learning.
Understanding Retroactive Interference
Exploring Proactive Interference
The Role of Source Monitoring in Memory
Practice Problem: Identifying Memory Issues