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How many of you study through state-dependant learning?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Raihan Mirza, May 9, 2007.

  1. Raihan Mirza

    Raihan Mirza The Lone Rider 5+ Year Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    How many of you study through state dependent learning? Can you guys tell me what thi really is and the process by which you learn this way? Is it effective?
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  3. mikeinsd

    mikeinsd predictably unpredictable 2+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    dude you ask some far out questions...

    i dont even know what you are talking about on this one:confused:

    i will say however, in your defense, that they are at least new questions that i havent seen before, so thats a plus!
  4. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    State-dependent learning
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I'm gonna say not too many people...
  5. medhawk1

    medhawk1 10+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    I had a friend in undergrad who used to swear by chewing Big Red gum while studying then also chewing Big Red while taking tests. I am however slightly skeptical as to whether this really had any effect.
  6. Hurricane95

    Hurricane95 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Miami, FL
    The quote above summarizes it. Some people for some reason decide that they should take drugs like adderall for example to help them "learn"...problem is then they have trouble studying without the drug, and have trouble taking exams off of the drug. They seem to only be able to remember stuff that they studied while on the stimulant effects. But that's it, in a nutshell.

    I suggest you learn to study the ol' fashioned way. No one should be taking drugs they don't really need. There's no point and in my opinion, it's rather stupid.
  7. mikeinsd

    mikeinsd predictably unpredictable 2+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    ohhh, now i remember, of course... well it worked perfectly in Beer-Fest, so i think that is evidence enough for you to get drunk before a test, or at least i think that is how it works ;)
  8. mr burrito

    mr burrito SOCMOB 2+ Year Member

    Sep 16, 2006
    state-dependent learning rules! it was the best excuse i could muster when drinking forties during finals.
  9. Raihan Mirza

    Raihan Mirza The Lone Rider 5+ Year Member

    Nov 3, 2006
    Is there any other alternative to state-dependent learning besides drinking alcohol? I prefer not to drink.
  10. Retro Virus

    Retro Virus 5+ Year Member

    May 5, 2007
    I think people are missing the point by interpreting "state-dependent learning" as "studying in an altered state" - the principle here is that we recall experiences best when we are in a state similar to the state we were in when we had them. This doesn't mean 'study drunk or get hopped up on meds and then do it again when you test,' it means study in the same conditions you're going to be tested under.

    Not going to have the radio on during your test? Don't study with the radio on! Taking the MCAT early on a saturday morning? Get out of bed and do some early morning studying!
  11. I remember this from Psychology. Our professor told us to sit in the same seat for lectures. That way, when exams come around, we can recall most of the lecture material....or something like that.

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