State (Psychology)

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  • The condition a person happens to be in. States are applied across many different contexts, such as mental states, psychological states, or states of consciousness. Anxiety, for example, can be characterized as a physiological state, in conjunction with psychological interpretations. Psychological states, such as depression, may be related to other behaviors, such as gambling addiction. Furthermore, states have even been identified to have an effect on memory. For example, state-dependent learning experiments have demonstrated that the more encoding and retrieval conditions can be matched, the better the retrieval.

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