Covers the recent scientific discoveries and theorizing in perception, cognition, and neurophysiology, which have the potential to help clarify the cause of the déjà vu experience.
Most of us have been perplexed by a strange sense of familiarity when doing something for the first time. We feel that we have been here before, or done this before, but know for sure that this is impossible. In fact, according to numerous surveys, about two-thirds of us have experienced deja vu at least once, and most of us have had multiple experiences. There are a number of credible scientific interpretations of deja vu, and this book summarizes the broad range of published work from philosophy, religion, neurology, sociology, memory, perception, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology. This book also includes discussion of cognitive functioning in retrieval and familiarity, neuronal transmission, and double perception during the deja vu experience.
Ch 1Ch 2: Defining the Deja vu ExperienceCh 3: Methods of Investigating Deja vu Ch 4: General incidence of deja vuCh 5: Nature of the Deja vu experienceCh 6: Physical and psychological variables related to deja vuCh 7: Physiopathology and deja vu Ch 8: Psychopathology and deja vuCh 9: Jamais vuCh 10: Parapsychological Interpretations of Deja vu Ch 11: Psychodynamic Interpretations of Deja vu Ch 12: Dual Process Explanations of Deja vu Ch 13: Neurological Explanations of Deja vu Ch 14: Memory Explanations of Deja vu Ch 15: Double Perception Explanations of Deja Vu Ch 16: It's Like Deja vu All Over AgainReferencesAuthor IndexSubject IndexFootnotesFigure CaptionsAppendix A: Descriptions of deja vu experiencesAppendix B: Summary of scientific explanations of deja vu Appendix C: References to deja vu in artistic and literary works