The Deja Vu Experience Essay

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The Deja Vu Experience





The Deja vu Experience

It has happened to me and it has probably happened to you. It is sudden and quick,
leaving you as unexpectedly as it came. While the experience is clear and detailed it is
often difficult to recapture. After feeling it, you usually find yourself saying, “
Wow, I just had the strangest deja-vu.” Through research I have become knowledgeable
of interesting facts and causes behind deja vu. Because it is still a puzzling ongoing
phenomenon, I hope to give you (my audience) a better understanding of the deja-vu
experience. In the next few minutes, we will take a closer look at different facts of
deja vu and 3 probable causes of this strange feeling: the brains memory, the influence of
DNA, and the possibility of Reincarnation.

Let’s begin by observing some facts about déjà vu. According to
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, “Déjà vu is the illusion of remembering scenes
and events when experienced for the first time.” Emile Boriac, who had a strong
interest in the psychic phenomenon, first introduced the term in the late 1800’s.
He believed déjà vu was something influenced by one’s past. Studies today show that
as much as 70% of the population has experienced some form of déjà vu. A higher number of
incidents occur in people between the ages of 15 and 25. Drug users and psychiatric
patients are also more likely to have the déjà vu sensation. Benjamin Wolman, author of
Handbook of Parapsychology, stated, “déjà vu experiences are more frequent among
younger than older persons and that more women than men reported having déjà vu.”
Moving right along to the causes of déjà vu.

The first, and perhaps most common believed cause of déjà vu is from the brain and its
memory. A mismatching in the brain can cause it to confuse the present with the past. If
you look at the memory as a hologram, only bits of sensory information are needed for the
brain to produce entire 3 dimensional images. When the brain receives a small sensory
input (such as a sight, smell, or sound) that is really similar to something you have done
in the past, the entire memory image is seen. The brain has taken the past to be the
present from only one tiny bit of sensory information. For example, a single detail such
as the sound of a child’s voice or even the smell of perfume can trigger the exact
same scene. In Time Magazine, Herman Sno, a psychiatrist from Amsterdam stated, “As
a result of the mismatching the brain mistakes the present for the past, You feel certain
you’ve seen the picture before.”

Professionals often mock the second cause of déjà vu. Some people believe individuals DNA
may hold explanations for their déjà vu feeling. It is considered that specific memories
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