Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 6: Trance

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    Note about these "Supplementary Lecture Notes"

Please note that these "Supplementary Lecture Notes" consist of an Outline and a summary of some of the material covered in class that is not in the textbook. The textbook is actually the "lecture notes" (that got published). So, except for the outlines, which are usually just a list of the sections from each chapter in the book, these supplementary lecture notes cover only supplementary material that is not in the textbook.

    Outline

Shamanism
    characteristics
    shamanism vs. schizophrenia
    shamanism vs. hypnosis
    shamanic world view

Channelling & mediumship
    possession
    channelling
DID
    alternate personalities
    trauma as etiological factor
    dynamics of alternate personalities
    DID and possession
Alien abduction experiences
    characteristics
    explanations
    comparison with shamanism
    creating alien abduction experiences
 

    False Memories of Alien Abduction Experiences

In a study that he conducted to determine the causes of alien abduction experiences, Richard McNally and his students examined ten people who claimed to have had alien abduction experiences. On the basis of this sample, he concluded that alien abduction experiences are false memories that occur when five ingredients are present: 1. new-age ideas and magical ideation; 2. sleep paralysis with hypnopompic hallucinations; 3. hypnotic memory "recovery" creating false memories; 4. high scores on the personality trait of absorption; 5. familiarity with the alien narrative.

    References

D. M. Jacobs (Ed.). UFOs and abductions: Challenging the borders of knowledge. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas. [listed under Hopkins in the references for the book]
McNally, R. J. (2012). Explaining "memories" of space alien abduction and past lives: An experimental psychopathology approach. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3(1), 2-16.
A. Pritchard, D. E. Pritchard, J. E. Mack, P. Kasey, & C. Yapp (Eds.). Alien discussions: Proceedings of the abduction study conference held at MIT, Cambridge, MA. Cambridge, MA: North Cambridge. [listed under Mack in the references for the book]

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