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 déjà vu at least once, and most of us have had multiple experiences.

There are a number of credible scientific interpretations of déjà 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 déjà vu experience.

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著者について (2004)

Dr Alan Brown is Professor in the Psychology Department in Dedman College at Southern Methodist University. He received his BA from the College of Wooster, and his PhD in human memory from Northwestern University in 1974. Dr Brown has published more than seventy professional articles, as well as six books, on basic and applied areas of human memory and cognition. His primary interest is on investigating different varieties of memory dysfunction, such as the tip-of-the-tongue experience, deja vu, inadvertent plagiarism, and retrieval interference. He has refereed journal articles submitted to more than thirty journals, and currently serves as consulting editor for Memory and Cognition.