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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 3, Issue 1, 2-16, 2012
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Explaining "Memories" of Space Alien Abduction and Past Lives: An Experimental Psychopathology Approach

Richard J. McNally, Ph.D.
Harvard University. USA.

Volume 3, Issue 1, 2012, Pages 2-16

In this article, I describe how my colleagues, students, and I have used the methods of experimental psychopathology to explain why seemingly sincere, nonpsychotic people claim to have memories of being abducted by space aliens or memories from past lives. Our group has used experimental methods from cognitive psychology and psychophysiology, supplementing them with clinical interviews and psychometric tests, to elucidate the psychology of these two groups. Our data point to quasi-spiritual motivations for why some people embrace the identity of alien abductee or past lifer.

Table of Contents
Origins in the "Memory Wars"
How I Became a Space Alien Abductee Researcher
Our Studies on Space Alien Abductees
A Recipe for a Space Alien Abductee
From Space Aliens to Past Lifers
Future Directions
Author Notes & Acknowledgements

Correspondence to
Richard J. McNally, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 1230 William James Hall, 33 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.

false memory, DRM paradigm, alien abduction, past lives

Received 4 Mar 2011; Revised 13 Apr 2011; Accepted 14 Apr 2011; In Press 12 Dec 2011

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