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October 27, 2005

Alien abduction may be all in the mind

Filed under: Anomalistic Psychology,Western Europe — Admin @ 8:56 pm

New research presented at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre, supports what scientists have long argued: that people who report contact with aliens have a psychological profile that might make them more susceptible to false memories.

They also believe more strongly in the paranormal and claim to have experienced more paranormal activity than the wider public.

The new research has been carried out by Professor Chris French, Head of Anomolistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths College, who investigated the psychological differences between ‘experiencers’ (or abductees) and non-experiencers through studying fantasy-proneness, dissociativity, sleep paralysis and history of paranormal experiences.

The research reveals that alien abduction experiences are often similar to other paranormal phenomena such as encounters with ghosts and are frequently based upon episodes of sleep paralysis, a condition in which, upon waking, a person is aware of the surroundings but is unable to move. In this state, auditory and visual hallucinations may occur.

Professor French will be talking about the research, as part of a free public debate exploring Alien Intrigue at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre – the UK’s only venue for adults to talk about contemporary and controversial science on Wednesday 26 October.

The study compared 19 experiencers with 19 control participants. Experiencers scored more highly than the control group on the following measures:

* Paranormal belief / experience.
* Tendency to Hallucinate
* Absorption (the tendency to become engrossed in experiences)
* Dissociative tendencies (the tendency to enter altered states of consciousness)
* Fantasy proneness
* History of sleep paralysis

“In the late twentieth century, an increasing number of people around the world began to claim that they had had a most bizarre experience,” said Professor French.

“Typically, they would report being taken from their beds or from their cars by alien beings. These beings were often around four feet high, with spindly arms and legs and oversized heads. The most striking thing about them was their large black eyes through which they appeared to communicate telepathically.

“The abductees, or “experiencers” as they prefer to be known, would describe how they had found themselves on board an alien spaceship where they were subjected to (often painful) medical examination, during which sperm or ova might be extracted. Although it is hard to estimate just how many people have conscious memories of this kind it is likely to run into at least several thousand worldwide.”


APA’s Award Winning Consumer Help Center Adds Two New Features for the Public and Media

Filed under: Grants and Awards,North America — Admin @ 8:53 pm

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Consumers and organizations can now
locate experts to speak on psychological topics at community events through a
new online virtual speakers’ bureau on the American Psychological
Association’s (APA) consumer Help Center ( Visitors
can access contact information for psychologists who coordinate APA Public
Education Campaign activities in each state. These psychologists can be
contacted to obtain free speakers about a variety of issues including
mind/body health, developing resilience, and the warning signs of youth
In addition, journalists can access information on a variety of psychology
topics through the Help Center’s new online media room
( The media room is a one-stop-shop for
reporters writing about the practice of psychology, including issues such as
mind/body health and managing traumatic stress after natural disasters. It
contains fact sheets, mental health statistics, public service announcements,
news releases, and information about the recent hurricanes.
APA’s online Help Center recently received the 2005 Silver Inkwell Award
of Merit from the International Association of Business Communicators’
Washington, DC, chapter. The Help Center was designed to expand the resources
available to consumers, and includes facts and tips on mind/body health,
resilience, and a variety of mental health topics. A number of materials are
available in Spanish.
The American Psychological Association (APA), located in Washington, DC,
is the largest scientific and professional organization representing
psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of
psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 155,000 researchers,
educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 53
subfields of psychology and its affiliations with 58 state, territorial and
Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a
science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education and

SOURCE American Psychological Association
Web Site:

October 25, 2005

Your Life Is Waiting

Filed under: Life Questions and Answers,North America — Admin @ 12:05 pm

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You Are Responsible

Filed under: Life Questions and Answers,North America — Admin @ 12:02 pm

Everyone experiences stress. The only question is whether you are going to deal with the stress or allow the stress to control your life.
The starting point of stress management, then, is to get control over the key areas of your life. If you think about your personal and work life, you will find that the areas where you experience the greatest peace of mind and satisfaction are also the areas where you feel you have the greatest amount of control or ability to exert influence over what is going on.
You will also find that the areas where you are the most unhappy, or are experiencing the most stress, are areas where you feel that you are not in control, or where you feel that there is little you can do to solve a problem or remove an irritation.

October 24, 2005

Religion and Happiness

Filed under: North America,Psychology of Religion — Admin @ 12:16 am

Many people expect religion to bring them happiness. Does this actually seem to be the case? Are religious people happier than nonreligious people? And if so, why might this be?

Researchers have been intrigued by such questions. Most studies have simply asked people how happy they are, although studies also may use scales that try to measure happiness more subtly than that. In general, researchers who have a large sample of people in their study tend to limit their measurement of happiness to just one or two questions, and researchers who have fewer numbers of people use several items or scales to measure happiness.


Psychology of Religion Crossword Puzzles

Filed under: North America,Psychology of Religion,Psychology Resources — Admin @ 12:15 am

Try your hand at crossword puzzles based on Psychology of Religion by Spilka, Hood, Hunsberger & Gorsuch. I will post new puzzles as they become available.

Chapter 1: The Psychological Nature and Functions of Religion

Chapter 2: Foundations for an Empirical Psychology of Religion (solution)

Chapter 3: Religion and Biology (solution)

Chapter 4: Religion in Childhood (solution)

Chapter 5: Religious Socialization and Thought in Adolescence & Young Adulthood (solution)


Mental Health & Psychology Resources Online

Filed under: North America,Psychology Resources,Teachers' Resources — Admin @ 12:07 am

The oldest annotated directory of mental health resources for professionals and consumers on the Internet. Every resource contained herein has been personally reviewed by Dr. Grohol.


Princeton University Library

Filed under: North America,Psychology Resources,Teachers' Resources — Admin @ 12:05 am

A branch of Princeton University Library


American Psychoanalytic Association

Filed under: North America,Psychology Resources,Teachers' Resources — Admin @ 12:02 am

Jourlit – Bookrev Bibliographic Data Search

You need to enter a search word or words and do your search!


Abraham A. Brill Library:

Filed under: North America,Psychology Resources — Admin @ 12:00 am

Welcome to the Brill Library. This server provides access to information about library services and the collection, as well as general information about psychoanalysis within the New York area and around the country.

The Abraham A. Brill Library of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is perhaps the largest psychoanalytic library in the world. It contains more than 40,000 books, periodicals and reprints dealing with psychoanalysis and related fields. Its holdings span the literature of psychoanalysis from its beginning to the present day.


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