A Study of the Relationship Between Abduction Experiences and Unusual Electromagnetic Aftereffects:
A Summary Review, Report and Discussion

By Richard Bonenfant, Ph.D.


Part III - Discussion

This minor Study adds to the growing evidence that alien abductees experience E-M aftereffects similar to those reported by NDE experiencers. It will be necessary to continue investigating E-M aftereffects in both groups in order to advance our understanding of what underlies their commonality. With regards to further investigation in the alien abduction community, this author would suggest that questions relating to E-M effects be included in future prospective studies. Efforts to collect this information from retrospective studies would be tedious to carry out and likely plagued by lost recall of details relating to the phenomenon.

While the relative frequency of E-M aftereffects is known for NDErs (somewhere between two-thirds to three-quarters), a comparable figure among alien abductees remains to be determined. A future study that addresses this issue is called for.

Greyson et al. (2015) determined a positive relationship between intensity of NDE experiences and the number of aftereffects expressed. Such a relationship has yet to be studied among alien abductees. Attention must also be given to examining why individuals who have neither had an NDE or an alien abduction experience report having E-M aftereffects. Have these individuals been subjected to some other exceptional human experience which also provokes E-M aftereffects, or are they inherently prone to do so by some other factor?

Another area to be examined is a study of commonalities shared by the two communities (NDErs and Alien Abductees). Already evident is the fact that both of these groups share a common crises of cognition, specifically the realization that reality extends beyond the limits of what is currently believed to be possible. To experience the continuity of consciousness following physical death or to be faced with the reality of being abducted by aliens should certainly fit this criteria. But there may also be other attributes shared by individuals in both groups that could be followed up.

There is hearsay evidence captured in a number of reports that suggest a state of agitation exacerbates the expression of E-M aftereffects and conversely that relaxation decreases its effects. This could be a clue to the mechanism that underlies these effects, in turn, that lead to the most important of questions of all – that of causation.

The author only knows of one attempt to explain this issue. Mays & Mays’ (2011) explanation focuses on the interplay between the non-local consciousness of mind and its physiological intermediary, the brain. It’s an intriguing hypothesis but one not yet capable of being tested. To investigate this hypothesis would require both a deeper understanding of quantum physics and the development of instrumentation not yet available to science. Alternatively, the possibility that E-M effects are caused by the interplay of bio-physical energy and external E-M forces has so far remained unproven. While the brain is known to produce a mild E-M field, it doesn’t extend more than a few mm beyond the skull. (Personal communication – J. McFadden, see References). However, this approach may play a part in understanding why certain individuals are able to sense the presence of electromagnetic fields such as underground electrical cables.

Lastly, it has not escaped the attention of both NDE and Alien Abduction researchers that a subtle relationship may exist between certain exceptional human experiences (i.e. NDEs, alien abductions, and perhaps mystical experiences) which lead to a sudden enhancement of psychic abilities in those who undergo such experiences. This potential relationship should be given greater consideration in our efforts to understand what currently lies beyond the limits of possibility.


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Richard Bonenfant

Richard Bonenfant, Ph.D., is a retired research scientist and lecturer. His research career at Albany Medical Center Hospital and the New York State Department of Health was centered on the study of birth defects in newborn children. He most recently retired from the Veterans’ Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, and is credited with publishing several professional articles on near-death experiences.

He has advanced degrees in Anthropology and Psychology, and is dedicated to the investigation of phenomena that lie on the fringes of scientific understanding. Subjective phenomena include such things as near-death experiences, synesthesia, xenoglossia, savant syndrome and hyperthymestic syndrome or individuals with exceptional autobiographical memories. Objective phenomena include verifiable paranormal experiences, crop circles and strange mutilations of unknown origin. There are other unusual phenomena deserving of investigation which he occasionally delves into under appropriate circumstances. These ancillary phenomena include instances of foreign accent syndrome, cases of apparent reincarnation, and human abduction experiences.


Other Articles by Dr. Bonenfant Include:

Profile – David Cayton, the APFU and Corkscrew Seal Mutilations

New Insights Into The Animal Mutilation Mystery

A Study of the Relationship Between Abduction Experiences and Unusual Electromagnetic Aftereffects: A Summary Review, Report and Discussion

Preliminary Report on EM Effects Project

Stories of Near Death Experiences

Alien Investigator: Case Files of Britains Leading UFO Detective

The 1976 Whitehall, NY Bigfoot Sightings in Conjunction with UFO Activity

Judy Doraty Case: An Abductee’s Account of a Calf Mutilation on-board an ET Craft

The Prion Hypothesis: Expanded version of Significant Observations Related to Animal Mutilations

The Electro-Magnetic (E-M) Effects Project and Questionnaire

A Preliminary Report on the Study of the Relationship Between Abduction Experiences and Unusual Electromagnetic Aftereffects or E-M Effects

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