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A manic-depressive patient hid 3000 pounds during one manic phase and subsequently, when his mood stabilised, could not remember where he had hidden it. He found the money during a subsequent manic phase a few months later. We suggest that this is not a clear case of state-dependent memory, since the patient at no point explicitly recollected where he had hidden the money. Instead we suggest that this represents state-dependent action. The links between this case and previous research on state-dependent memory are outlined.


Journal article


Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date





579 - 581


Adult, Arousal, Bipolar Disorder, Hospitalization, Humans, Male, Mental Recall, Orientation, Retention (Psychology), Social Environment