retroactive inhibition

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retroactive inhibition

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retroactive interference

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(Psychology) psychol the tendency for the retention of learned material or skills to be impaired by subsequent learning, esp by learning of a similar kind. Compare proactive inhibition
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A forced conversion without considering the income situation or the debt service capability of the customer is a severe retroactive interference with existing contracts.
In other words, proactive intereference occurs when earlier learning interferes with subsequent learning and retroactive interference occurs when new learning interferes with old learning.
Other research has shown that reward omission can produce retroactive interference with memory for a previously visited maze location (Terry, 1996), suggesting that omission can affect memory processing.