He told Virginia Magazine: “I understand the leap it takes to conclude there is something beyond what we can see and touch.
“But there is evidence here that need to be accounted for and when we look at these cases carefully, some sort of carry-over of memories often makes the most sense.”
For his research, the psychiatrist interviewed children between the ages of two and six, who said they had lived past lives.
In one such case, a four-year-old boy named Ryan Hammons in Oklahoma recalled memories of living in Hollywood and directing black-and-white films.
His mother Cyndi Hammons said: “I started researching the internet about reincarnation. I even got some books from the library on Hollywood, thinking their pictures might help him. I didn’t tell anyone for months.”