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The purpose of the investigation was to study the clinical value of the deja vu phenomenon in healthy examinees as it may occur in healthy individuals, on the one hand, and is a symptom of a number of psychoneurological diseases, on the other. One hundred and twenty-nine subjects, mean age 25,2±4,4 years, were examined. All the examinees were questioned by the original questionnaire developed by the authors, which was to reveal the characteristics of the phenomenon, and the Cambridge depersonalization questionnaire; standard electroencephalography was also performed. The deja vu phenomenon was detected in 97% of the respondents. In healthy individuals, the phenomenon was most common at the age of 21-25 years; 52,2% experienced deja vu several times a year; 64,5% of the respondents reported the 10-sec state; 85% did not associate the occurrence of the phenomenon with any provoking factor; 66% perceived deja vu with a positive emotional tinge, and only 4% of the respondents were afraid of the onset of this phenomenon. These criteria may be used to rule out pathological deja vu.

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P. N. Vlasov
Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry
Russian Federation

A. V. Chervyakov
Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry
Russian Federation


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Vlasov P.N., Chervyakov A.V. VALUE OF THE PHENOMENON OF DEJA VU IN HEALTHY EXAMINEES. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2009;1(2):53-56. (In Russ.)

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