Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1971

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

James E. Klahn

Second Committee Member

Darwin J. Goodey

Third Committee Member

Dohn A. Miller


As a study of phenomena which affect learning, the inquiry into retroactive and proactive inhibition and their varying functions should be of vital interest to both psychology and education, particularly to those educators and learning theorists who work with elementary school children. Also, it is hoped that this study will provide more reliable and statistically significant data on the question of whether retroactive inhibition is greater than proactive inhibition of retention. And, in addition, if there is a difference between retroactive and proactive inhibition when the retention test is immediate or follows soon after original learning, will this difference disappear if the retention test is delayed.