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Memory Distortion in People Reporting Abductions by Aliens Clancy McNally Schacter Lenzenweger 2002 Review by Tom Baker The concept of abductions by aliens is a traumatic event that is unlikely to have occurred In spite of this fact individuals over the years and all across the world have experienced this phenomenon Taken into consideration the likelihood of this scenario taken place the search for more reasonable down to earth explanations have been sought False memory creations have be studied and examined as a possible catalyst or cause of these abduction reports The false memory creations have been determined to be real time events in a persons life that occur because of Traumatic events real or fantasy The memories of these events are forgotten lost in a persons subconscious mind until supposedly revealed through hypnotic regression preformed by a hypnotherapist A Variation of the DeeseRoediger-McDermott paradigm J Deese 1959 HL Roediger III KB McDermott 1995 was used to examine these false memories and false recognition in three different groups individuals reporting recovered memories of alien abductions people who believe they were abducted but have no memories and people who deny being abducted The individuals that attested to recovered memories possessed a higher likelihood of demonstrating false recall and recognition than the control group Its my belief that the approach used by the researchers in conducting these experiments was adequate to construct a foundation to support their hypothesis They took the necessary steps to eliminate the potential for random variables that would pollute the outcome of the research The participants were subjected to screening processes that were sufficient to reduce the possibility that previous neurological or psychological instabilities could be the cause of the false recall or false recognition By taking into consideration the educational background as well as the age of the participants the researchers were able to deduce if the participants age or their education had any bearing on
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