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MCAT Psych/Soc Terms

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State-Dependency Memory
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The phenomenon through which memory retrieval is most efficient when an individual is in the same state of consciousness as they were when the memory was formed. Often used to describe states of consciousness produced by psychoactive drugs (e.g alcohol) but can also apply to mood and non-substance induced states as well.
A theory of information retrieval that involves a search process where specific nodes are activated, which leads to the activation of related nodes, and so on. A node does not become activated until it receives input signals from its neighbors that are strong enough to reach a response threshold. Effect of input signals is cumulative: the response threshold is reached by the summation of input signals from multiple nodes (explains the relevance of hints and contextual cues)