Deja vu ‘recreated in laboratory’

By | July 24, 2006

Deja vu recreated in laboratory

Scientists believe they have found a way to probe the mysterious phenomenon of feeling you have witnessed something before – deja vu.

Leeds Memory Group researchers say they have gone some way to recreating the sensation in the lab using hypnosis.

… Some people with temporal lobe epilepsy report frequent deja vu.

And previous work in France has found that electrically stimulating parts of the temporal lobe can trigger a sensation of familiarity with everything a person encounters.

Professor Alan Brown, an expert in deja vu at South Methodist University in Dallas, said: “Using hypnotic suggestion to either stimulate, or simulate, a deja vu experience could potentially be a very fruitful way to explore this phenomenon. – bbc

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