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Titolo:
TOWARD AN EXPLANATION OF THE UFO ABDUCTION PHENOMENON - HYPNOTIC ELABORATION, EXTRATERRESTRIAL SADOMASOCHISM, AND SPURIOUS MEMORIES
Autore:
NEWMAN LS; BAUMEISTER RF;
Indirizzi:
UNIV ILLINOIS,DEPT PSYCHOL MC285,1009 BEHAV SCI BLDG,1007 W HARRISON ST CHICAGO IL 60607 CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV,DEPT PSYCHOL CLEVELAND OH 44106
Titolo Testata:
Psychological inquiry
fascicolo: 2, volume: 7, anno: 1996,
pagine: 99 - 126
SICI:
1047-840X(1996)7:2<99:TAEOTU>2.0.ZU;2-#
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
FANTASY PRONENESS; SELF-AWARENESS; ALCOHOL-CONSUMPTION; HYPNOSIS; REALITY; PSYCHOPATHOLOGY; PERSONALITY; EXPERIENCES; BEHAVIOR; ESCAPE;
Tipo documento:
Review
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Citazioni:
175
Recensione:
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Citazione:
L.S. Newman e R.F. Baumeister, "TOWARD AN EXPLANATION OF THE UFO ABDUCTION PHENOMENON - HYPNOTIC ELABORATION, EXTRATERRESTRIAL SADOMASOCHISM, AND SPURIOUS MEMORIES", Psychological inquiry, 7(2), 1996, pp. 99-126

Abstract

Autobiographical memories are often suspect. For example, a surprisingly large number of people report having been abducted by extraterrestrials. We offer a prototype of the abduction experience and an assessment of the frequency of such reports. These accounts are hard to dismiss on the basis of mendacity or insanity, but there are ample reasons to doubt their literal accuracy. We offer a cognitive-motivational explanation for how spurious memories of unidentified flying object (UFO)abductions can be created and maintained. The motivational roots lie in the desire to escape from ordinary self-awareness, and this explanation is supported by parallels between UFO abduction accounts and masochistic fantasies. The cognitive bases involve the integration and elaboration of hallucinations, general knowledge, and contextual cues into full-blown accounts, usually with the aid of hypnosis. Due to the pitfalls of hypnosis, people develop a high degree of confidence in the veridicality of spurious UFO abduction memories.

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