State Based Memory, Learning & Behavior

Effects of Mood, Physiology & Environment On How We Learn, Recall & Act

State-Based Memory, Learning, and Behavior refers to the idea that our mental state, physical state, or environment affects how well we remember and use information.  The way we feel, the way we think at the time, and the environment, can affect learning, memory and actions.

A unique experiment illustrating this concept was conducted by Godden & Baddeley in 1975. Participants learned a list of words either underwater or on land, and then tested their memory in the same or opposite environment. The results showed that people who learned and recalled information in the same environment performed better than those who learned in one environment and recalled in a different environment. This suggests that being in the same state or context as when we learned something helps us remember it better.

This experiment shows that our mood, physical surroundings, and other factors can act as cues for our memory. It means that if we want to remember something well, it helps to be in a similar state or environment when we try to recall it. This concept has important implications for education, psychology, and therapy, as it reminds us to consider our mental and physical state when learning and remembering things.

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