negative transfer

noun Psychology.
the obstruction of or interference with new learning because of previous learning, as when a U.S. tourist in England learns to drive on the left side of the road.

Origin:
1920–25

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negative transfer n.
Interference of previous learning in the process of learning something new.

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Example sentences
Increasing practice on the original task increases positive transfer, and with
  little practice, negative transfer occurs.
Positive or negative transfer from the native dialect to the target language
  may occur.
Phenomena contributing to negative transfer are investigated, and contributing
  factors to this retroaction are identified.
If there is negative transfer of learning then perhaps warnings should be
  standardized across car manufacturers.
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