Been here before?

An extra from My déjà vu is so extreme I can’t tell what’s real any more

Five quirks of memory that can mess with your sense of reality.

1. Déjà vu

‘Already seen’. The brief and fleeting experience of feeling as though a moment has been lived through previously.

2. Déjà vécu

‘Already experienced’. Déjà vécu describes a prolonged version of déjà vu, in which a holistic sequence of events is falsely remembered.

3. Déjà rêvé

‘Already dreamed’. The experience of feeling as though a waking moment has already been encountered during a dream.

4. Presque vu

‘Almost seen’. Known more commonly as the ‘tip of the tongue’ sensation, presque vu refers to that frustrating feeling of grasping for a word or fact, but then losing sight of it immediately.

5. Jamais vu

‘Never seen’. Commonly associated with amnesia or aphasia, jamais vu describes the experience of not recognising a word, place or person, despite having already encountered them.