Professor Anne Cleary
The Memory Hunter
Professor Anne Cleary is fascinated by how we explain scenarios that defy our definition of normal! She is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Colorado State University and studies these strange cognitive episodes that many assume to be outside the realm of science. She likes to try to explain the seemingly inexplicable in scientific terms. Along these lines, one of the phenomena that she has studied over the years is déjà vu—that mysterious feeling of having done something before despite knowing otherwise.
She has also studied tip-of-the-tongue experiences (when a word feels right on the verge of being accessed) and Presque vu (the feeling of being on the verge of an epiphany). Most recently, she and her students have discovered a link between feelings of déjà vu and feelings of being able to predict what is going to happen next.
The discovery may help to explain why many people associate déjà vu with the paranormal. Anne has been a Program Director at the U.S. National Science Foundation, and also as President of the Society for Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science Division of the American Psychological Association.