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Déjà vu: A botched memory operation, illegitimate to start with

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 November 2023

Debora Stendardi
Dipartimento di Psicologia ‘Renzo Canestrari', Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Anindita Basu
SISSA, Cognitive Neuroscience, Trieste, Italy
Alessandro Treves
SISSA, Cognitive Neuroscience, Trieste, Italy
Elisa Ciaramelli
Dipartimento di Psicologia ‘Renzo Canestrari', Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy


Rather than a natural product, a computational analysis leads us to characterize déjà vu as a failure of memory retrieval, linked to the activation in neocortex of familiar items from a compositional memory in the absence of hippocampal input, and to a misappropriation by the self of what is of others.

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