No matter how many times you experience déjà vu in your life, it never ceases to be a bizarre occurrence. While science has pretty much explained all the mystery out of awesome and strange things like the Northern Lights, eclipses, and those Magic Eye posters, it has failed to come up with a thorough explanation for déjà vu. Anne Cleary, a psychologist at Colorado State University, decided to put to the test that strange feeling where you could swear you had already experienced a present situation.
Cleary's theory is that déjà vu is connected to human recognition memory, which allows us to recognize that something happening right now has also happened before. There are two forms of human recognition memory: recollection and familiarity. As you may have guessed (or could you almost swear somebody had told you this before?), recollection memory means you know why a particular moment seems familiar—you can pinpoint the exact time or place when it happened before. For instance, a song comes on in a club and you recognize it because you remember dancing to that same song at a different club the Saturday before. Familiarity-based memory is that nagging feeling that you know something is familiar but can't name why. That would be having a song come on in a club that you know you've heard before but have no idea when or where (perhaps you've had one too many cocktails at that point). The latter is where déjà vu falls.
To test familiarity-based recognition, Cleary gave her subjects a list of celebrity names. Later, they were shown a variety of celebrity photographs. Some of the faces had been on the list of names and some had not. Subjects were asked to identify the people in the photographs and indicate how likely it was that the celebrity's names had been on the earlier list. According to the report, "Even when the volunteers were unable to identify a celebrity by photo, they had a sense of which names they had studied earlier and which they had not. That is, they couldn't identify the source of their familiarity with the celebrity, but they knew the celebrity was familiar to them." Clearly ran the test again using names and photos of famous landmarks in place of celebrities and had similar results. A bit of the memory was there, but, like our friend one too many martinis in at the club, it was hazy and subjects were unable to connect it to the new experience.
I've read somewhere that we only utilize a small portion of our brain in processing things and stuff. Has anyone realized what the other parts of the brain do or what's it for?
Maybe in time, as we humans maximize the use of all of the brain as a whole, we would have super psychic powers. hehehe
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The idea that humans only use a small portion of their brains was proposed in the early 1900's. This myth has been supported through out our culture even in current times. The truth is we know alot of the functions of the human brain and yes we use ALL of our brain in these functions. My best suggestion is for every one to at least read a Neurobiology book or Neuroscience book to get an idea of how the human brain works. Back in the early 1900's they did not have the technology for brain mapping and imaging like we do to day. PET scans, fMRI's, using radio tracers was not something with in their grasp. We have found more and more using these techniques and others in how the brain works.
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Wow that is truly amazing. Finally one of lifes great mysteries solved!
What does it mean when you have Deja Vu and instead of just getting a familiar feeling, you "remember" in a split second a whole different set of events following that moment into the near future?
I feel like I've read this article before.
This article is weak. I am sure when people seem to experience Deja vu they are experiencing events and not words from a list or music in a club, but rather, the combination of vivid images of movement and sound that can lead to predictions. Recognition implies that one has experienced that event before. It is to recall memory(ability to store, retain and recall information*)(knowledge or experience). If something has never happened, could it be considered a memory? or is it a thought?
I'm afraid that the "we use only a small part of our mind" theory has been long refuted. If you concentrate on more than one thing, the quality of those activities suffers.
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