It is state-dependent learning, and it seems to work. It may also be the reason for mental blocks during an exam (you are stressed during the exam, but not when you are studying - harder to access the memories in another state).
I put this to the test over the course of my degree, and it does seem to work. You see, I never could get into studying until I had a few... :)
I have eyewitnesses to the fact that I used to drink during exams... some of the highlights were:
- Got so drunk in my number theory exam I couldn't follow my own working, passed the course (maybe my lecturer was drinking while marking!).
- Got tipsy in Wave theory, teased the examiner in my answers, got credit in course, examiner still remembers my paper as one of the most enjoyable to mark :)
- Realised I wasn't going to pass thermodynamics, drank until I passed out(on my exam paper). Woke up in an empty exam room, with my lecturer shaking my shoulder and telling me it was all over, and I could go home now.
I always seemed to enjoy exams:)
I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.
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