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The interference of previous learning in the process of learning something new, such as switching from an old manual typewriter to a computer keyboard.
negative transfer a degradation in performance because of practice or experience of another skill, typically where the new skill has similar characteristics and gaining familiarity with these interferes with prior learning of the similar but specific aspects of the prior skill. For example, some tennis players believe that practising other racquet sports such as badminton or squash degrades their tennis performance. See also positive transfer, transfer of learning.