Deja vu in neurology.

Article English OPEN
Wild, E. (2005)
  • Subject: Amygdala, Deja Vu, Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe, Hallucinations, Hippocampus, Humans, Models, Neurological, Neocortex, Temporal Lobe

The significance of deja vu is widely recognised in the context of temporal lobe epilepsy, and enquiry about deja vu is frequently made in the clinical assessment of patients with possible epilepsy. Deja vu has also been associated with several psychiatric disorders. The historical context of current understanding of deja vu is discussed. The literature reveals deja vu to be a common phenomenon consistent with normality. Several authors have suggested the existence of a "pathological" form of deja vu that differs, qualitatively or quantitatively, from "non-pathological" deja vu. The features of deja vu suggesting neurological or psychiatric pathology are discussed. Several neuroanatomical and psychological models of the deja vu experience are highlighted, implicating the perceptual, mnemonic and affective regions of the lateral temporal cortex, hippocampus and amygdala in the genesis of deja vu. A possible genetic basis for a neurochemical model of deja vu is discussed. Clinical approaches to the patient presenting with possible deja vu are proposed.
  • References (53)
    53 references, page 1 of 6

    2. American Psychiatric Association (2000) Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-IV-TR. American Psychiatric Association, Washington,D.C., pp 530-532

    3. Arnaud F (1896) Un cas d'illusion du “déjà-vu” ou de “fausse mémoire”.Ann Med Psychol (Paris) 3:455-471

    4. Bancaud J, Brunet-Bourgin F, Chauvel P, Halgren E (1994) Anatomical origin of déjà vu and vivid 'memories' in human temporal lobe epilepsy. Brain 117:71-90

    5. Berndt-Larsson H (1931) Über das déjà vu und andere Täuschungen des Bekanntheitsgefhüls. Z Gesamte Neurol 136:161-164

    6. Carrington H (1931) “Deja vu”: the sense of the “already seen”. J Am Soc Psychical Res 25:301-306

    7. Chapman A,Mensh I (1951/1952) Déjà-vu experience and conscious fantasy in adults. Psychiatr Q (Suppl) 25-26:163-175

    8. Chari C (1962) Paramnesia and reincarnation. Proc Soc Psychical Res 52: 264-286

    9. D'Agostino D, Andermann E, Xiong L (1998) Clinical and pedigree analysis in familial temporal lobe epilepsy (FTLE). Epilepsia 39(Suppl 6):S177

    10. De Nayer A (1979) Le déjà vu: élaboration d'un modèle d'approche hypothétique. Psychiatr Clin 12:92-96

    11. Dickens C (1849) David Copperfield. Oxford World Classics,Oxford (1999), p 638

  • Metrics
    views in OpenAIRE
    views in local repository
    downloads in local repository

    The information is available from the following content providers:

    From Number Of Views Number Of Downloads
    UCL Discovery - IRUS-UK 0 271
Share - Bookmark

  • Download from
  • Cite this publication