Glitch in the matrix or pictures from the past. Scientists close to unraveling the mystery of déjà vu

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Glitch in the matrix or pictures from the past. Scientists close to solving the mystery of déjà vu

Researchers have understood how this inexplicable feeling arises. But so far only partially.

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For centuries, people have been tormented by a sense of deja vu, when an ongoing event resembles something that has already happened before. However, scientists, philosophers and lovers of the paranormal for a long time could not understand why we experience these strange sensations. It seems that scientists still managed to get at least a little closer to unraveling this centuries-old mystery, writes Science Alert.

Translated from French, the expression “déjà vu” means “already seen.” Indeed, few people have not experienced this exciting and not always pleasant feeling that what we are experiencing at the moment has already happened to us once. The first theories about what could cause deja vu appeared at the end of the 19th century. What has not been voiced since then – memories from a past life, a consequence of mental dysfunction, problems with the brain or a temporary malfunction in its work.

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At the beginning of the 21st century, scholar Alan Brown decided to summarize everything that researchers had written about déjà vu up to that point. Many of the records examined by the researcher had a paranormal flair and were associated with past lives or psychic abilities. Others were purely scientific, while still others contained only surveys of people who had experienced deja vu.

After analyzing all the known data, Brown was able to isolate several specific data about the deja vu phenomenon. Firstly, two-thirds of the world's population experience this feeling at least once in their lives. Secondly, the most common triggers for déjà vu are scene, location, and conversation.

After Alan Brown's review, other scientists became interested in the phenomenon of déjà vu. Including Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Colorado State University Ann Cleary and colleagues.

The research team conducted a series of experiments. For example, scientists have tested a nearly century-old hypothesis that déjà vu occurs due to spatial resemblance to a scene from the past. It is also called the Gestalt hypothesis of acquaintance.

In essence, it lies in the fact that the place where you are now has a similar building plan to the place that you once saw before – a similar placement of furniture, corridors or other objects located in space.

Self the feeling of deja vu arises at the moment when that previous similar situation (space) does not pop up in memory – as a result, we have an inexplicable feeling of familiarity with the current situation.

During the study, scientists used virtual reality, in which placed the test subjects. Researchers could easily manipulate the environment in which people found themselves – some scenes had a similar plan, others were unique. As suggested by the Gestalt hypothesis of familiarity, most often deja vu occurred in those scenes that had a similar arrangement of objects and had already met before. deja vu phenomenon. However, this is already a big step, in the future they plan to continue research to recognize other causes of this phenomenon.