Finding Distinguishing Factors of Deja Vu


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Deja vu is the impression of familiarity for a present experience with relation to an undefined past- this occurrence is common with the general population but as well it is an aura of temporal lobe epilepsy. It is unclear if there are any distinctive pathological and physiological features of deja vu.

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The way the data is organized makes it easy for the reader to comprehend the information. It is stated clearly what is being discussed and compared as well with data to support the ideas. The reading as well was not dense which can maintain the reader’s attention. In this study the extensiveness of deja vu in a controlled and neurological population was compared in a experiential and quantitative and associated features of epileptic and non-epileptic deja vu.

The first objective was to compare if epileptic and nonepileptic but patients attending neurology clinics had similar factors of deja vu. The second objective was comparing those with the control group of students. A detailed example was given to ensure that deja vu had occurred and as well the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale was reported to rule out any association to deja vu.

Deja vu in epileptic patients was found to be more frequent and as well lasted somewhat longer. With reports of being fatigue, headaches, fear and blackouts prior to experiencing deja vu. The origin of epileptic deja vu is linked to neural network that includes the temporal lobe structures and the temporal neocortex. As well derealization was reported more but no difference in depersonalisation or timing in physiological or epileptic. The students and neurology patients reported less physical sensations after experiencing deja vu.

It was concluded that deja vu happens frequently and is qualitatively similar whether it occurs in patients with ictal deja vu or in the general population. Despite that, epileptic deja vu is more common and has distinctive features. It was a well written journal and organized in a way that the common reader could understand. There was data supporting the hypothesis stated. Overall the reading was enjoyable and informative.

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