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The Opposite of Déjà Vu Exists, And It’s Even More Uncanny

Science Alert

18 September 2023
ByAKIRA O’CONNOR & CHRISTOPHER MOULIN, THE CONVERSATION

Repetition has a strange relationship with the mind. Take the experience of déjà vu, when we wrongly believe have experienced a novel situation in the past – leaving you with an spooky sense of pastness.

But we have discovered that déjà vu is actually a window into the workings of our memory system.

Our research found that the phenomenon arises when the part of the brain which detects familiarity de-synchronises with reality. Déjà vu is the signal which alerts you to this weirdness: it is a type of “fact checking” for the memory system.

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