DEJA WHO? DEJA VU!
Madison Schraeder & Shachi Hansoti
This topic is deemed as interesting because it has occurred to both my partner and myself. Research will aid us in finding answers as to why this is a reoccurring event. For those who also experience similar phenomenons will be able to seek answers through this article.
Deja vu, a french term meaning "already seen," is defined as a sense which seems extremely familiar but is not necessarily a notable event to be recalled.
It has been proven that deja vu is associated with temporal lobe epilepsy. During these occurrences, neurons misfire and ultimately send incorrect message to several parts of the body. This is the only proven fact about why deja vu occurs, as there are only theories why it arises in individuals who do not suffer epilepsy.
Anne M. Clearly conducted multiple experiments to test deja vu. In one of her experiments, volunteers were told to study a list of arbitrary words. Then they were given a test in which the words were similar to the studied words, but only similar in sound. Although they were not the same word, participants told of a feeling of familiarity when observing these world even if they were not able to recollect the words which were studied earlier (the source of familiarity). According to Clearly, "this suggests that familiar geometric shapes may create the sense that an entire new scene has been viewed before."
Symptoms include eyebrow being scrunched-up, eyes narrowing, rising sensation in the abdomen, slight tilt of head, lip smacking, staring, loss of awareness of surroundings