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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 of negative transfer
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for negative transfer
  • 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.
  • Where the control-display relationships remain the same, the engineer may avoid committing errors due to negative transfer.
  • negative transfer, when a user mistakenly applies knowledge from one system to another, may occur.
negative transfer in Medicine

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

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