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Homework Help: please correct my essay with details please

Posted by jen on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 7:10am.

Can you please read my essay and correct any grammar mistakes i made. Also the last sentence of my first paragraph is my thesis, but i still don't feel comfortable with it. How do i make it better or is that fine.

NOTE: There are some quotes i used from websites and the article i'm supposed to be using, but i didn't do things like putting the sources in parantheses. My teacher doesn't care about all that. So don't pay attention to all that.




Have you ever found yourself in a situation that you consciously know you never been in before, but there’s this strange feeling of familiarity in your mind? This strange feeling is known as déjà vu, a French term for “already seen.” According to Uwe Wolfradt, author of the article “Strangely Familiar”, déjà vu is a “vague sense of having encountered a situation before”, but never actually recalling the situation in real life. There are many reasons to why people experience déjà vu such as stress or fatigue, but scientists haven’t been able to come up with a concrete reason. However, there are other phenomena similar to déjà vu that help scientists have a deeper understanding of what déjà vu is and why it occurs to so many people.

There are various types of déjà vu. The most common type of déjà vu is called déjà vecu which means “already lived.” This type is used to describe the feeling of having experienced the exact situation at the exact time, wearing the exact clothes, and having the exact conversation. A typical déjà vecu situation would be a man talking with his wife and saying that he had already had this conversation before at the same time and day. Déjà vu and déjà vecu are almost similar to each other because both experiences occur during the event and involve lot of details.

Another form of déjà vu is called déjà visite meaning “already visited.” This type of déjà vu is applied to people who feel a sense of familiarity about a place they never went to before. Déjà visite is a different form of déjà vu because it usually involves some type of a location. An example of this situation would be a person going to a city and saying that they have been there before. It is said by scientists that the reason people experience déjà visite is because the place probably reminds them of a special event that occurred at a similar location.

The third form of déjà vu is called déjà senti. This word means “already felt” and is when a person gets a strong feeling of recognition of his or her memory. However, the recollection of the event is forgotten two seconds later, which then leaves an uncomfortable feeling. Scientists say that the reason déjà senti occurs might be because of some damage in the brain.

Not only are there many types of déjà vu, but there are other similar phenomena that can explain why déjà vu occurs and how. One of the phenomena is mentioned by Wolfradt in his article and is called “jamais vu.” Jamias vu means never seen and is used to describe any familiar situation which is not recognized by the observer. Basically, a person denies seeing a situation or place for the first time, despite the fact he or she has been in the same situation before. In other words, it’s when a person doesn’t know the meaning of a word, but he or she does know in the mind. Jamais vu can be associated with amnesia and can affect the temporal lobe of the brain.

Tip of tongue or presque vu” is another phenomenon that is similar and somewhat different from déjà vu. It is when a person is unable to recall a word, name, or an event, but eventually remembers after some effort. This phenomenon is common and that’s why people often say “it’s on the tip of my tongue” because they know the details, but can’t remember it. Similar to déjà vu, presque vu occurs to those who suffer from epilepsy or other brain conditions.

What are the causes of déjà vu? That’s the question that many scientists are still trying to figure out. It’s hard to explain déjà vu, because so many people have experienced it but don’t know why or how. There have been research done and experiments tested and most of the results concluded that the temporal lobe epilepsy is responsible for experiencing déjà vu. However, it is unlikely this conclusion is true, because then scientists would have to assume everyone who experienced déjà vu has some type of brain problems.

There are also less scientific theories that explain the causes of déjà vu. According to Wolfradt, dreams are one possible theory, because people dream about events that can feel like it is real causing the brain to store them into memories. When a person goes out for a walk and sees a similar situation they think they saw before, they go through the process of déjà vu. Another theory is that long and short term memory plays a big role in déjà vu and is said that information will directly go to long term memory bypassing the short term memory. Although, these theories make sense, they are inconsistent. The only fact that can be concluded about déjà vu is that it is unpredictable.

To this day, scientists are still researching about déjà vu. Although, I could not find any research development to this date, the latest research I came across was November 29, 2006. Researchers, Akira O’Connor and Chris Moulin, from University of Leeds found new information about déjà vu that was experienced by a blind person by using smell, hearing, and touch. For instance, undoing the zipper of a jacket while hearing music is one example of how déjà vu experience was triggered in the unknown blind person. O’Connor and Moulin came up with a thesis that déjà vu experiences are caused when a part of the brain that deals with recognizing things gets “disrupted.” In order to test the thesis, they created an experiment. Some students were asked to remember words, later were hypnotized to make them forget. After a while, students were shown the same word again to activate their memory again. The responses from half of the students were that they “definitely experienced déjà vu.” Both researchers believe that in the future they will come close to finding the truth about déjà vu after further research on the subject.

Déjà vu is a very complex, but very interesting subject to learn about. What amazes me about this phenomenon is that so many people experience déjà vu, but there have been no conclusive results on what or why it occurs. We have so much advanced technology in the world today that can be used, but yet the answer to déjà vu is still a mystery to everyone. Researchers and scientists have found a lot of facts and supported evidence, which I hope will be useful to understand déjà vu in the near future. A better understanding of this phenomenon not only will solve the mystery of the case, but will also provide us with a better knowledge of the relationship between our brain and our memories. Or maybe déjà vu should just be accepted as a cause of nature and that there is no scientific behaviour behind it.

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