Anne M. Cleary, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Cognitive Psychology Program at Colorado State University.
Do you ever wonder why you sometimes have a feeling of familiarity for a face in a crowd, or a feeling of déjà vu for a place you have never previously been? From where do such feelings come? Why is it that a certain smell can suddenly take you right back to a particular place and time in your past, or that a word will simply elude you despite your best efforts to retrieve it from memory, only to pop into mind suddenly at a later time when you least expect it? This blog is about such peculiarities of memory and the research that investigates them.