access state principle

The access state principle states that you have information available according to the state you learned it in.

Essentially, the emotional brain records data and files it according to the state you are in when you learned it. This theoretically makes perfect sense from a survival standpoint. It's best to have things you've learned in a threatening situation available when you are in a threatening situation just like things you learned to do in a kitchen are usually most useful in a kitchen.

Also, because we know about priming, we also know that not everything we learn is cued up and ready to be used. There's only so much schema the brain can have active at one time. The state may activate schema in a way similar to priming.

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