Proactive interference effects on aging: is inhibition a factor?

Tehan, Gerald and Hauff, Helen M. (2000) Proactive interference effects on aging: is inhibition a factor? Australian Psychologist, 35 (3). pp. 249-254. ISSN 0005-0067


Download (108Kb)


[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.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 1977
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:54
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: elderly, aging, short-term memory, short-term recall, inhibition, proactive interference
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only