deja vu

Mark D. Morin mdmpsyd at PETERHOOD69.earthlink.net
Mon Dec 4 05:52:34 EST 2000


Robert M Best wrote:

> I botched the last paragraph.  Here is a rewrite:
>
> Rapid recall requires neural mechanisms that overcome the slow speed and
> unreliability of individual neurons.  And rapid neural mechanisms that
> result in a few rare errors have much better survival value than accurate
> but slow neural mechanisms.   If a child's recall of dangerous episodes is
> slower than their actions, they will not reach adulthood.  If they think "Oh
> yes, now I remember, the mushroom I just ate was the same kind of poisonous
> mushroom that killed my sister" their episodic memory will be useless to
> them.  It is therefore biologically necessary for recall of episodic
> memories to operate quickly, even though the neural mechanisms that make
> this possible may result in occasional false deja vu recalls.

It really doesn't change the fact that frequent déjà-vu is a red flag for
seizure activity.


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