The Déjà Vu Illusion

  title={The D{\'e}j{\`a} Vu Illusion},
  author={Alan S. Brown},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={256 - 259}
  • Alan S. Brown
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
The déjà vu illusion occurs when a person has an inappropriate feeling of familiarity in a situation that is objectively unfamiliar or new. The amorphous nature of this experience has made identifying its etiology challenging, but recent advances in neurology and understanding of implicit memory and attention are helping to clarify this cognitive illusion. More specifically, déjà vu may result from (a) a brief change in normal neural transmission speed causing a slightly longer separation… 

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