Although the experimental literature on retroactive inhibition is vast, the only previous systematic study using verbal material of retroactive or reproductive inhibition as a function of degree of original learning is one by McGeoch (McGeoch, 1929). He found that relative amounts of retroactive inhibition varied inversely as the number of presentations given the material to be learned. The present study differs from McGeoch's primarily in that paired-associates, rather than serial lists, were learned. Since information on reproductive as well as associative inhibition as a function of degree of original learning would seem essential to the formulation of a precise theory of retroactive inhibition, the present study, using paired-associates, has been conducted to see if the same trends are present as are found with serial lists in the investigation of retroactive inhibition.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1942 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Shaw, Franklin J.
"Influence of Degree of Original Learning Upon Associative and Reproductive Inhibition,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 49(1), 413-417.
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