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What state are you in? 

By  Lysette Offley

Memory consolidation - photo of girl smelling a roseHow does what state you’re in relate to state-dependent learning?

On the subject of state-dependent learning, in other words, being in the same emotional/physical state to recall information as you were when you learned it….

Some experiments with rose scent at the University of Lübeck in Germany, showed that people were better at remembering information when smelling the same smell they’d experienced when learning it and in this case – the scent of rose.

Peppermint oil is meant to encourage concentration and alertness. How about trying your own experiment? Sniff it while revising and sniff it when trying to recall the information and see for yourself.

You can get essential oil of peppermint from health food stores, chemists and the larger supermarkets. Don’t get it on your skin though – it’ll burn. And it goes without saying, keep it away from your eyes or the kids.

Those of you who are thinking of shoving Polo mints up your nose… well… let us know how you get on!

Lysette Offley


With 40 years of experience, Lysette Offley is a Memory and Mindset Coach to women and men at the top of their game in the Financial Services Industry who recognise the value of continual personal and professional development and support to achieve a healthy work-life balance, along with satisfaction and fulfilment.

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