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Associative interference: Effects of meprobamate on normal adult's performance on a Müller-Schümann type learning task

  • Harold J. Margolis
Short Communications


Two lists of paired-associate letters were developed. These were administered in two experiments to a “normal” population of adults. In the first experiment, it was expected that the learning of the first list would significantly interfere with the learning of the second list. This proved to be the case. In the second experiment, 400 mg of meprobamate was administered in a doubleblind manner, to one half of a second population. Those Ss receiving the meprobamate evidenced a significant lessening of the interfering effects of the learning of the first list upon the learning of the second list. The experiment supported the hypothesis that meprobamate acts to reduce the strength of the earlier learned associations that interfere with subsequent learning tasks. The implication is that a minimal dose of meprobamate will act to inhibit associative interference in the learning process of normal adults.

The experiment was based on the Müller-Schümann Law of Associative Inhibition and on recent findings concerning the effects of meprobamate on human learning.


Learning Process Learning Task Human Learning Minimal Dose Normal Adult 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold J. Margolis
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  1. 1.Mental Hygiene Consultation Service Fort LewisWashington
  2. 2.Special Services, Sioux City SchoolsSioux CityUSA

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