Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Deborah K. Eakin

Committee Member

Jarrod Moss

Committee Member

Andrew F. Jarosz

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 1 year

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Previous research has demonstrated that memory is dependent on the environmental context; memory is better when the same environmental context cues present at study are reinstated at test as compared to when they are not. This finding is called context reinstatement effects (Godden & Baddeley, 1975; Smith, Glenberg, and Bjork, 1978; Smith & Vela, 2001). What is unclear is whether study items are associated with the global context or with unique features within the study environment. We tested whether reinstating a singular feature of a global environment, the odor present during study, was sufficient to produce context reinstatement effects. These results indicated that, in a global environmental context, the global context is not being used as a cue for all the studied items rather than unique aspects of the environment serving as unique cues.