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A spontaneous neural replay account for involuntary autobiographical memories and déjà vu experiences

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 November 2023

Mohith M. Varma
Department of Management, School of Business, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, S.A.R. China
Rongjun Yu
Department of Management, School of Business, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, S.A.R. China


Barzykowski and Moulin argue both involuntary autobiographical memories and déjà vu experiences rely on the same involuntary memory retrieval processes but their underlying neurological basis remains unclear. We propose spontaneous neural replay in the default mode network (DMN) and hippocampus as the basis for involuntary autobiographical memories, whereas for déjà vu experiences such transient activation is limited to the DMN.

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