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Space Aliens: The 'Mother' Of All Hallucinations?

People whoclaim to have been abducted by space aliens seem to invariably describe a verysimilar picture. Space aliens are described as having large heads, big eyes,gray skin, smooth features and small mouths.

Psychologist FrederickMalmstrom, currently a visiting scholar at the U.S. Air Force Academy, believesthat these 'visions' of space aliens are actually the image of the prototypicalfemale face that is hardwired into every baby human's brain. When Malmstromaltered a picture of a woman in a way consistent with the characteristics of anewborn's vision (astigmatism and a shallow focal plane), the result lookedvery much like a big-eyed alien.

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Bill Christensen catalogues the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at his website, Technovelgy. He is a contributor to Live Science and