Alien Abduction and False Memories

The Skeptic’s Dictionary investigates how some people come to believe that they have been abducted and sexually violated by aliens. The article is well-written and researched. Professor Elizabeth Loftus, author (with Katherine Ketcham) of The Myth of Repressed Memory: false memories and allegations of sexual abuse, evaluated the methodology of one alien abductee researcher who had recovered “repressed” memories in children who claimed to have been abducted. Professor Loftus, who is well-known to the BFMS and has appeared as an expert witness in a number of high profile false memory cases involving historic sexual abuse allegations in the United States, concluded: ‘the “experience” was planted by their mother and cultivated by alien enthusiasts …’

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