The UFO Abduction Syndrome

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Donderi, D. C., Davis, T., & Hopkins, B. (2013). The UFO Abduction Syndrome. Journal of Scientific Exploration, 27(1). Retrieved from


Some people say that they have been abducted by extraterrestrials. We obtained responses to 608 true–false questions from 52 self-reported abductees and compared their responses to those of 75 non-abductee controls and to 26 simulators whom we asked to respond “as if” they had been abducted. The entire question set, as well as a subset of 65 questions identified by discriminant analysis, differentiated among self-reported abductees, controls, and simulators. This result helps to define a state of mind that we call the UFO Abduction Syndrome.


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