1st Edition

Déjà vu and Other Dissociative States in Memory

Edited By Akira R. O’Connor, Chris J. A. Moulin Copyright 2023
    122 Pages
    by Routledge

    122 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book collates the work of world-leading researchers on déjà vu and other dissociative states of memory and presents a snapshot of the state of the art in research on these strange phenomena.

    Déjà vu is the eerie feeling of familiarity for something that you know you have not experienced before—the dissociation between what you feel about your memory and what you know to be true about it. For centuries, it has inspired authors, artists and musicians, leaving psychologists struggling to keep up. The past 20 years though, has seen an explosion in research on déjà vu and related experiences. From attempts to generate déjà vu in the laboratory, to the study of patients who present with unusual forms of the experience, cognitive psychology has begun applying a range of both novel and established techniques to study these psychological experiences that have long captivated the public imagination.

    Déjà vu and Other Dissociative States in Memory is an insightful resource for scholars and researchers of Psychology including Cognitive Psychology, and Neuroscience. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Memory.

    Introduction: Déjà vu and other dissociative states in memory

    Akira R. O’Connor, Christine Wells and Chris J. A. Moulin

    1. Déjà vu and prescience in a case of severe episodic amnesia following bilateral hippocampal lesions

    Jonathan Curot, Jérémie Pariente, Jean Michel Hupé, Jean-Albert Lotterie, Hélène Mirabel and Emmanuel J. Barbeau

    2. Déjà vu and the entorhinal cortex: dissociating recollective from familiarity disruptions in a single case patient

    Karen Rosemarie Brandt, Martin Antony Conway, Adele James and Tim J. von Oertzen

    3. Overcoming familiarity illusions in a single case with persistent déjà vu

    Alexandra Ernst, Gaël Delrue and Sylvie Willems

    4. Relationship between déjà vu experiences and recognition-memory impairments in temporal-lobe epilepsy

    Chris B. Martin, Seyed M. Mirsattari, Jens C. Pruessner, Jorge G. Burneo, Brent Hayman-Abello and Stefan Köhler

    5. Déjà vu experiences in anxiety

    Christine E. Wells, Akira R. O’Connor and Chris J. A. Moulin

    6. Déjà vu and the feeling of prediction: an association with familiarity strength

    Anne M. Cleary, Katherine L. McNeely-White, Andrew M. Huebert and Alexander B. Claxton

    7. fMRI evidence supporting the role of memory conflict in the déjà vu experience

    Josephine A. Urquhart, Magali H. Sivakumaran, Jennifer A. Macfarlane and Akira R. O’Connor

    8. The the the the induction of jamais vu in the laboratory: word alienation and semantic satiation

    Chris J. A. Moulin, Nicole Bell, Merita Turunen, Arina Baharin and Akira R. O’Connor


    Akira O’Connor is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews, USA. His research interests include memory decision-making, particularly how we come to decisions about our memories when faced with multiple sources of conflicting information. His work takes both cognitive and neuroscientific approaches.

    Chris Moulin is Professor at the Laboratoire de Psychologie et NeuroCognition (LPNC UMR 5105) at the Université Grenoble Alpes, France.  His research interests include the cognitive neuropsychology of memory, particularly subjective aspects of memory function, including déjà vu, metamemory and memory awareness.