The Devil Goes to Day Care: McMartin and the Making of a Moral Panic: “The aim of this present article is to analyze the moral panic about satanic day care centers that spread across this country during the 1980s.”
The Creation of Satanic Ritual Abuse: “The seeming cross-corroboration of children’s and adult survivors’ claims at first led many open-minded professionals, including clinicians and journalists, to believe that abusive satanic cults actually existed and were a serious threat to society. More recently, however, these beliefs have been effectively at tacked by skeptics, and ritual abuse is now viewed by many professionals to be part of a more general tendency of certain individuals, especially clients of certain psychotherapists, to manufacture memories of abuse that never occurred”
The Satanic Ritual Abuse Panic as Religious-Studies Data: “Rumors and alleged memories of Satanic cult activity swept through the U.S. and U.K. during the 1980s and 1990s, confounding scholars of religion, as well as jurists and psychologists, with their combination of tantalizing ritual scenes and dubious forensic evidence. This essay discusses the work done on these Satanic cult claims since the early 1990s in a variety of academic fields; and it critiques some of the scholarly responses from the field of Religious Studies in particular.
Satanic Cult Rumors as Contemporary Legend: “People claimed to have seen things that did not exist and to have knowledge of events that did not occur.”
Investigators Guide to Allegations of “Ritual” Child Abuse: “We now have hundreds of victims alleging that thousands of offenders are abusing and even murdering tens of thousands of people as part of organized satanic cults, and there is little or no corroborative evidence. The very reason many “experts” cite for believing these allegations (i.e., many victims, who never met each other, reporting the same events), is the primary reason I began to question at least some aspects of these allegations. “
Multiple Personalities, Trauma and Memory
Debunking Myths About Trauma and Memory: When the science is interpreted properly, the evidence shows that traumatic events—those experienced as overwhelmingly terrifying at the time of their occurrence—are highly memorable and seldom, if ever, forgotten.
Recovering Memories of Trauma: A View From the Laboratory: “The controversy over the validity of repressed and recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) has been extraordinarily bitter. Yet data on cognitive functioning in people reporting repressed and recovered memories of trauma have been strikingly scarce. Recent laboratory studies have been designed to test hypotheses about cognitive mechanisms that ought to be operative if people can repress and recover memories of trauma or if they can form false memories of trauma. Contrary to clinical lore, these studies have shown that people reporting CSA histories are not characterized by a superior ability to forget trauma-related material. Other studies have shown that individuals reporting recovered memories of either CSA or abduction by space aliens are characterized by heightened proneness to form false memories in certain laboratory tasks. Although cognitive psychology methods cannot distinguish true memories from false ones, these methods can illuminate mechanisms for remembering and forgetting among people reporting histories of trauma.”
Inter-Identity Autobiographical Amnesia in Patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder: Though dissociative amnesia is a major symptom for identification of Dissociative Identity Disorder, this study indicates that those diagnosed with DID do transfer information between identities.
Psychophysiological Responding During Script-Driven Imagery in People Reporting Abduction by Space Aliens: Despite the claim that a false memory can not imitate actual trauma, this research shows that traumatic false memories of abduction by extraterrestrials do manifest the physiological responses of real, corroborated traumas.
The Scientific Status of Childhood Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Review of Published Research: “[…] little convincing evidence exists concerning the prevalence, etiology or diagnostic validity of childhood DID. Considering the results of this review, more research is needed before DID in childhood can be considered anything other than an extremely rare and poorly understood phenomenon that was briefly the object of intense scientific interest and speculation.”
Dissociative Identity Disorder: Time to Remove It from DSM-V? Examining the Logic Behind Arguments to Perpetuate a Controversial Diagnosis: “A DID diagnosis has been blamed for misdiagnosis of other entities, patient mismanagement, and inadequate treatment of depression. Even when DID is treated with the best of intentions, undesired negative effects may result from psychotherapy, and some patients experience worsening of symptoms and/or deterioration of functioning.”