Have you ever had déjà vu, then felt like you knew exactly what was going to happen next? If so, you are not alone. In this talk, Dr. Cleary describes her hunt for the cause of the mysterious link between déjà vu and so-called “precognition.”
Follow Anne on @AnneClearyPhD Professor Anne Cleary is fascinated by how we explain scenarios that defy our definition of normal! She is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology and studies these strange cognitive episodes that many assume to be outside the realm of science. She likes to try to explain the seemingly inexplicable in scientific terms. Along these lines, one of the phenomena that she has studied over the years is déjà vu—that mysterious feeling of having done something before despite knowing otherwise.
She has also studied tip-of-the-tongue experiences (when a word feels right on the verge of being accessed) and Presque vu (the feeling of being on the verge of an epiphany). Most recently, she and her students have discovered a link between feelings of déjà vu and feelings of being able to predict what is going to happen next. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx