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Bartholomew, Robert E., and Howard, George S. (1998).
UFOs and Alien Contact: Two Centuries of Mystery.
Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books. (Dr. George S. Howard is Professor of Psychology and former Department Chair, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana). This scholarly study contains 3,000 references, and examines waves of claims and public discourse about Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) using mainstream theories of social psychology, the fallibility of human perception, the mass media role, and the collective behavior literature.
Also examined is the religious significance of "abductees," the fantasy-prone personality, and how psychologists and psychiatrists should approach claimants. It can be used for introductory classes on social and perceptual psychology, collective behavior, deviance, religion, semiotics, and popular culture.