Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Two experiments using male and female college students tested the hypotheses that state-dependent learning (SDL) would be demonstrated by manipulating affective states and that presentation of a discriminative stimulus (SD) would modify SDL so as to significantly increase the amount of transfer between affective states. Subjects were instructed to imagine feeling "angry" and "relaxed". Anger was defined as an increase in heart rate of 10 beats per minute above baseline and relaxation was defined as a decrease in heart rate of 10 beats per minute below baseline. Subjects learned word lists in both anger and relaxation conditions and were tested for recall in both conditions. A 1kHz tone was presented in either one or both conditions as an SD. State-dependent learning was demonstrated using affect as the "state". SDL modification was observed after the presentation of an SD- tone.
Griffin, Lois E., "Modification of affective state - Dependent learning" (1983). Electronic Thesis Collection. Paper 44.