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New Study Attempts To Unravel The Mystery Of Déjà Vu Using Virtual Reality

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

You know that feeling when you're doing something you've never done before, like driving along a country road and seeing a white horse in a field to the right while a farmer waves to you from a blue tractor as he passes you on the left, and you're suddenly struck with the peculiar sense that you've been there before even though you know you haven't? 

Well that feeling, commonly known as déjà vu, is what a team of psychologists from Colorado State University have been trying to understand. 

People have offered up a host of explanations for Déjà Vu: everything from past life experiences and dreams to alternate realities and precognition. But this new study, using virtual reality as a tool, has researchers arriving at a much less thrilling interpretation. Based on their findings, déjà vu is merely a feeling, and doesn't hold any mystical or mysterious secrets or enable a person to predict the future. 

Here's how they arrived at their conclusion: