Cultural Explanations of Sleep Paralysis in Italy: The Pandafeche Attack and Associated Supernatural Beliefs

@article{Jalal2015CulturalEO,
  title={Cultural Explanations of Sleep Paralysis in Italy: The Pandafeche Attack and Associated Supernatural Beliefs},
  author={Baland Jalal and Andrea Romanelli and Devon E. Hinton},
  journal={Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry},
  year={2015},
  volume={39},
  pages={651-664}
}
The current study examines cultural explanations regarding sleep paralysis (SP) in Italy. The study explores (1) whether the phenomenology of SP generates culturally specific interpretations and causal explanations and (2) what are the beliefs and local traditions associated with such cultural explanations. The participants were Italian nationals from the general population (n = 68) recruited in the region of Abruzzo, Italy. All participants had experienced at least one lifetime episode of SP… 

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