In recent years, déjà vu has become of great interest in cognition, where it is mostly seen as a memory illusion. It can be described as having two critical components: an intense feeling of familiarity and a certainty that the current moment is novel. As such, déjà vu could be described as a dissociative experience, resulting from a metacognitive evaluation (the certainty) of a lower-level memory process (familiarity). There are currently a number of proposals of how déjà vu arises which receive empirical support from paradigms which attempt to reproduce déjà vu in laboratory settings. Further information about déjà vu comes from neuropsychological populations and the use of neuroscientific methods, where again the focus is on memory, and in particular the involvement of temporal lobe structures. In this Special Issue, we will draw together the state of the art in déjà vu research, and develop and evaluate the idea that déjà vu can be seen as a momentary memory dysfunction. We are seeking empirical papers and brief theoretical statements which consider the nature of déjà vu and how it may be induced experimentally, as well as studies of déjà vu in pathological groups, and studies investigating the neural basis of déjà vu. We are also interested in associated dissociative phenomena, such as jamais vu, presque vu, prescience and other metacognitive illusions, where their relation to contemporary memory theory (and déjà vu) are clear.
We will consider all types of empirical article, including short reports and neuropsychological cases. Theoretical statements and reviews should make a genuine novel contribution to the literature. First drafts should be submitted by the end of July 2017 through the Memory portal, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pmem, please select special issue ‘Deja vu’. All submissions will undergo normal full peer review, maintaining the same high editorial standards as for regular submissions to Memory.
If you are considering submitting an article please contact one of the editorial team stating the title of you intended submission.