Hey everyone, Ken E. here. Have you ever experienced déjà vu? Hey everyone, Ken E. here. Have you ever experienced déjà vu?
Déjà vu is a French term that literally means “already seen.” We actually have a fairly poor understanding of the phenomenon, but some scientists believe that the experience is triggered when electrical disturbances in our medial temporal lobes accidentally trigger the sense of familiarity that is important in forming long term memories. It’s an odd feeling, but doesn’t happen too often…unless you’re extremely unlucky.
In 2014, a group of scientists from the UK, France and Canada began studying a 23-year-old British man who claimed to have been experiencing constant déjà vu for over eight years. The man’s condition was so bad that he actually avoided watching television or reading newspapers because he felt he had “encountered it all before.” His doctors revealed that the man had a history of depression and anxiety, but otherwise couldn’t find the source of this apparent phenomenon. The man’s brain scans even appeared normal. It was almost as if the man was caught in a terrifying time loop. In fact, this man grew so disturbed by the experience that he had trouble functioning in his day to day life.
And for all we know he actually is caught in a time loop. Or maybe he’s bouncing around between similar-yet-alternate realities. Or maybe he’s secretly being operated on by aliens from a nearby planet.
Nah just kidding. Aliens aren’t responsible for everything, guys. Have you ever experienced déjà vu? Have you ever had déjà vu?