by Harini Babu and Catherine Carpenter
The current set of three studies examined how contextual interference affects associative memory in both older and younger adults. We hypothesized that when contexts were similar, both older and younger adults would have a harder time overcoming that interference (ie. more false alarms). Across all studies, associative memory was poorer when the lure included a scene similar to the encoding category. Together, results indicate that similarity in context information interferes with successful associative memory performance.
Social and Behavioral Sciences