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In psychology, jamais vu (Template:IPAc-en; from French, meaning "never seen") is the phenomenon of experiencing a situation that one recognizes in some fashion, but that nonetheless seems very unfamiliar.

Often described as the opposite of déjà vu, jamais vu involves a sense of eeriness and the observer's impression of seeing the situation for the first time, despite rationally knowing that he or she has been in the situation before.

Jamais vu is more commonly explained as when a person momentarily does not recognise a word, person, or place that he or she already knows.

The phenomenon is often grouped with déjà vu and tip of the tongue.

The TimesOnline reports:

Chris Moulin, of Leeds University, asked 92 volunteers to write out "door" 30 times in 60 seconds. At the International Conference on Memory in Sydney last week he reported that 68 percent of volunteers showed symptoms of jamais vu, such as beginning to doubt that "door" was a real word. Dr Moulin believes that a similar brain fatigue underlies a phenomenon observed in some schizophrenia patients: that a familiar person has been replaced by an impostor. Dr Moulin suggests they could be suffering from chronic jamais vu.

Jamais vu can be caused by epileptic seizures.

Related phenomena

  • Déjà vu: remembering having seen something unexperienced before. In French, this literally means 'already seen', though in usage it is basically equivalent to déjà vécu, "already lived."
  • Presque vu: almost, but not quite, remembering something. This is the "on the tip of my tongue" feeling.

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