Journal Article

Satanist abuse and alien abduction: A comparative analysis theorizing temporal lobe activity as a possible connection between anomalous memories

JOHN PALEY

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 27, issue 1, pages 43-70
Published in print February 1997 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online February 1997 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011195
Satanist abuse and alien abduction: A comparative analysis theorizing temporal lobe activity as a possible connection between anomalous memories

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This paper compares two sets of scarcely believable reports: those of satanist abuse survivors and those of people with apparent memories of alien abduction. There are striking parallels between the two phenomena, which are explored in some detail. Whilst the comparison may be unexpected, and will no doubt provoke scepticism in some readers, the similarities are difficult to ignore; and I suggest that they give rise to unavoidable questions about the nature of both kinds of experience. The paper therefore concludes with a sketch of some neurophysiological and psychological research which may help to account for them.

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Subjects: Social Work

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