The brain is by far the most complex and mysterious organ of all that houses the human body. He is responsible for carrying out all the tasks essential to the development, perception and understanding of everything that surrounds the person.
However, sometimes this organ seems to function on its own, alien to the rest of the body, and create a series of sensations and phenomena capable of confusing anyone. One of these phenomena is the never seen little known.
What is a Jamais Vu?
The term never seen comes from the French language and literally means “never seen”. In psychology, the unheard of phenomenon refers to the moment when a person experiences a feeling he is not able to recognize a place, a person, a situation or even a word, Even if others tell you otherwise or it rationally if you are familiar with it.
This phenomenon is generally described as contrary to déjà vu. However, in déjà vu, the person has the impression of observing or listening to something for the first time.
However, the most common way to experience a phenomenon never seen before is when someone is not able to recognize another person even though they are aware that their face is familiar to them.
It is also possible not to recognize a commonly used word. One way for the reader to verify this is to write or mention a word out loud several times; after a few moments the reader will feel that it has lost its meaning, even though they know it is a real word.
This phenomenon, although difficult to study due to its low frequency and spontaneity, it has been repeatedly associated with certain types of aphasia, Amnesia and epilepsy.
Some other experiences related to the never seen, are the dejà vu, the almost seen or the feeling of having a word on the tip of the tongue, phenomena which will be explained later in this article.
Dr Moulin’s experience
In 2006, a psychologist of British origin named Chris Moulin present an experimental process at a conference on memory. In this experiment, Dr Moulin asked 92 people to write the word “door” more than 30 times per minute.
Then, when asked about their experience, at least two-thirds of them, or about 60 people, reported that the word “door” did not belong to the reality of a door, or even and that it was all a made-up word.
Moulin’s rationale for these manifestations was that when a person looks or perceives a little steadily, and for quite a long time, the mind experiences a kind of fatigue which makes the stimulus lose all meaning.
Its link with unrealization
The feeling of unrealization is a falsification of the perception of what surrounds us, so that the person perceives it as something unknown or unreal. Unrealization is a dissociative symptom of various psychiatric illnesses, In addition to being the product of stress, the consumption of psychoactive substances and lack of sleep.
People who have experienced this strange perception of the environment describe it as a type of sensory cloud or fog that takes them away from the situation they perceive.
The feeling of never seen before enters into these experiences of unrealization, in which people and times and spaces are perceived as different or changed but it cannot be specified how or why.
These alterations in perception can also occur in any of the other senses such as hearing, taste or smell.
From the field of neurology, we try to explain this phenomenon as an alteration in the coordination of the different brain areas in charge of memory and the management of information from outside. This alteration would cause a kind of lag between neural networks, which would temporarily distort the understanding of the external environment.
Although the feeling of never seen before may arise in isolation and without any associated pathologyIt is very common to experience this phenomenon in people with neurological disorders such as epilepsy, chronic headaches or cranial injuries.
Like many other similar alterations, unheard of may have its origin in vestibular conditions, such as labyrinthitis or vestibular neuronitis, which interfere with the way the brain processes information.
Certain cannabinoid drugs, hallucinogens, or even nicotine itself present in tobacco can cause effects never seen before. As well as lack of sleep, borderline personality disorders, anxiety disorders, or any mental illness that includes depersonalization.
Never seen against deja vu
Another phenomenon much better known, and which is in phase with the unheard of, is the feeling of deja vu. The dejà vu effect also comes from French discourse and represents “déjà vu”. In this case, and unlike deja vu, the person refers to having already experienced what he is experiencing, or made known to a person that he has actually seen for the first time.
Sometimes the feeling of déjà vu is so intense that the person firmly believes that they are able to predict what will happen in the next moment.
Synthesize the two a bit essential differences between never seen and already seen son:
Deja vu refers to “déjà vu” and never seen to “never seen”.
Dejà vu is a brain disorder that causes the feeling of having already experienced an event that is happening at that precise moment, and the never seen is an alteration in which the person claims not to have lived or not to know of situations or people she should recognize.
Other related phenomena
There are other phenomena associated with alterations in the perception of the environment or memory failures.
1. Almost seen
Although its literal translation is “almost seen”, this phenomenon refers to the sensation of “having something on the tip of the tongue”.
In this alteration, the person feels that he wants to remember something, that he is about to do so, but the memory never appears. The most common form it’s an anomie class where the person knows the word, can remember that they have used it before, but cannot name it.
2. Already listening
This phenomenon alludes to “already heard”. In other words, the person feels that it is familiar to him but he cannot relate it to a particular memory.