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Posted by abeodbart May 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

Déjà vu is that creepy feeling that you’re living through a moment for the second time, as if retreading the path of an earlier existence. Now Alan Brown and Elizabeth Marsh believe they’ve found a way to simulate the déjà vu sensation in the laboratory – a finding that could help us understand why the phenomenon occurs.

Twenty-four participants were presented with dozens of symbols that had been carefully chosen, with the help of a pilot study, to be either entirely novel, rarely encountered, or highly familiar (e.g. the division symbol). The participants’ task was simply to state for each symbol whether they’d seen it prior to the experiment.

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May 30, 2009 at 11:45 am
veronica says:

my stoopid computer wont open that page so i have to guess what it says…oh that was tres interesting. i love deja vu, wish it happened more often!

May 30, 2009 at 11:48 am
tash says:

i love dejavu it’s one step further into that wierd cool feeling.

May 30, 2009 at 12:13 pm
ed says:

Hasn’t this been posted before?

May 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm
John says:

Absolutely déjà vu – I followed the link and when I tried to close the site, it started opening multiple copies of itself!! I had to do a hard close when it got to 25 copies!!

Could be my machine but just be aware…

May 30, 2009 at 12:21 pm
Trevor says:

I’m sure I’ve seen this article before somewhere


May 30, 2009 at 2:07 pm
jameshogg says:

Glitch in the Matrix?

May 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Joe Pendragon says:

Hmm, I have little respect for these studies, too many variables.
How do they recreate déjà vu for the lab? Medication? Some form of NLP? Through EMF stimulation? Similar to the studies years ago looking into temporal lobe epilepsy (and how it relates to alien abduction or visions of God) pioneered by Professor Michael Persinger, and brought over to Britain by our most famous PhD’s in both psychology and parapsychology, Dr. Susan Blackmore. Worth reading up on in case anyone missed the buzz in this research back in the early to mid ’90s.

May 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm
Joe Pendragon says:

Oh, maybe I should click on the article’s link be for commenting. Apologies.

May 30, 2009 at 3:44 pm
Alex says:

Apart from really wanting to use the ‘I’ve read this before’ joke, has anyone had de ja vu where they have seen what’s going to happen next as well? I have, though I’m not always right…

May 30, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Joe Pendragon says:

Alex, I’ve had déjà vu loads of times, and it does make you stop and think, “Weird”. The more you try to cement the feeling, the further away it gets.
I always thought déjà vu is a temporary hardware problem with the brain, and if you’re prone to it you should see a neurologist. Though I feel fine…

May 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm
Joe Pendragon says:

Again I was too hasty in replying.
No, not any psychic flashes, just the really bizarre feeling of déjà vu.

May 30, 2009 at 7:31 pm
Ms G says:

I wonder whether this flash will be detected by all brains .. I myself think that is not the case, so the experiment’s results and findings are not guaranteed proof. My brain is not normal and I at times see things and have seen things that can’t been seen by human brain according science … and there must be many like me. The standard .. which science claims there is … is not really there.

The deja vu thing is something I like ‘studying’ inside of myself sometimes … or better said .. the fact that something can become very fast something very familiar. But the opposite occurs as well … so the opposite of a deja vu … something known all of a sudden starts to look as something you’ve never seen before ..

True deja vu’s .. to me those are not about earlier existence but sooner in life .. and indeed, at times earlier existence.

My dreams at times cause deja vu’s in daily life. I sometimes mix up memories from during sleep with daily life memories. Or memories from thoughts vs really having done/living them. That’s because my dreams and my thoughts can be exactly the same as my things in daily life .. no difference … so they flow nicely into eachother ..

May 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm
Adam says:

Deja vu might be a memory slipping from short term to long term memory or it might be a random firing of neurons in the memory.

The first neurological experiments were discovered when electrical impulses were applied to parts of the brain causing the subjects to experience a memory as it occured.

Interesting stuff

May 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm
Sadun Kal says:

Interesting indeed…

May 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm
amanda says:

so who won the Alkton Towers goodies the cake or the run – although as the run was only intended it should be forfeited and as the cake could have been a ruse with a stock hoto as there was no proof of date I don’t think either of the entrants are qualifiable according to the ‘rules’ does Derren break his own rules as well as all the conventional ones>>

May 31, 2009 at 1:31 am
Julie says:

@ John, the same thing happened to me. Don’t know if it was intentional or a coincidence but it’s bloody annoying! lol



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