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Déjà Vu: The Science Behind the Eerie Feeling of Familiarity

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Déjà vu

Déjà vu is French for ‘already seen’. It is a feeling that the situation(or surrounding) is familiar subjectively, but unfamiliar objectively.

Almost two-thirds of individuals have experienced Déjà vu at least once in their lifetime, including blind people.

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Déjà vu can be explained in terms of our memory:

  • Single Event Familiarity: When one element is familiar but other elements are not.
Example: When you see a person you vaguely recognize(like your barber) out in the street.
  • Gestalt Familiarity...

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Déjà vu can be explained in terms of our neurological activity:

  • Spontaneous Brain Activity: When a part of your brain is engaged with memory, thoughts can overlap, and one can experience a false sense of familiarity. The complex memory structures result in cross-connections.

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Déjà vu is French for ‘already seen’. It is a feeling that the situation(or surrounding) is familiar subjectively, but unfamiliar objectively.

Almost two-thirds of individuals have experienced Déjà vu at least once in their lifetime, including blind people.

Déjà vu is a fleeting, in...

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