Psychologists haven’t really paid much attention to it in the past, but now, Peters and his collaborators of the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Maastricht, have inquired about the tendency to commit memory errors among people that make “implausible” claims, specifically those who believe to recall events from their past lives.
During the study, the researchers used a modified version of a laboratory procedure to discover false memories. The participants had to read a list of 40 names of non famous people. Two hours later they received a second list containing the previous 40 names of non-famous people and in addition names of moderately well known individuals, celebrities, politicians, writers and actors. The volunteers had to determine which of the names in the second list were famous and those that weren’t.
Peters, M. J. V., et al. (2007). The false fame illusion in people with memories about a previous life. Consc. Cog. 16: 162-169.