From jamais to déjà vu: The respective roles of semantic and episodic memory in novelty monitoring and involuntary memory retrieval

Behav Brain Sci. 2023 Nov 14:46:e373. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X23000158.


Barzykowski and Moulin's model proposes that déjà vu and involuntary autobiographical memories are the result of a continuously active memory system that tracks the novelty of situations. Déjà vu would only have episodic content and concern interpretation of prior experiences. We argue that these aspects of the model would gain to be clarified and explored further and we suggest possible directions.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Memory, Episodic*
  • Semantics