Increased susceptibility to proactive interference in adults with dyslexia?

L. Bogaerts, A. Szmalec, W.M. Hachmann, M.P.A. Page, E. Woumans, W. Duyck

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Recent findings show that people with dyslexia have an impairment in serial-order memory. Based on these findings, the present study aimed to test the hypothesis that people with dyslexia have difficulties dealing with proactive interference (PI) in recognition memory. A group of 25 adults with dyslexia and a group of matched controls were subjected to a 2-back recognition task, which required participants to indicate whether an item (mis)matched the item that had been presented 2 trials before. PI was elicited using lure trials in which the item matched the item in the 3-back position instead of the targeted 2-back position. Our results demonstrate that the introduction of lure trials affected 2-back recognition performance more severely in the dyslexic group than in the control group, suggesting greater difficulty in resisting PI in dyslexia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-277
Issue number2
Early online date12 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


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