An investigation into alleged 'hauntings'

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Authors: Wiseman R.1; Watt C.2; Stevens P.2; Greening E.1; O'Keeffe C.1
Source: British Journal of Psychology, 1 May 2003, vol. 94, no. 2, pp. 195-211(17)
Publisher: British Psychological Society

In cases of alleged hauntings, a large number of seemingly trustworthy witnesses consistently report experiencing unusual phenomena (e.g. apparitions, sudden changes in temperature, a strong sense of presence) in certain locations. The two studies reported here explored the psychological mechanisms that underlie this apparent evidence of 'ghostly' activity. The experiments took place at two locations that have a considerable reputation for being haunted—Hampton Court Palace (Surrey, England) and the South Bridge Vaults (Edinburgh, Scotland). Both studies involved participants walking around these locations and reporting where they experienced unusual phenomena. Results revealed significantly more reports of unusual experiences in areas that had a reputation for being haunted. This effect was not related to participants' prior knowledge about the reputation of these areas. However, the location of participants' experiences correlated significantly with various environmental factors, including, for example, the variance of local magnetic fields and lighting levels. These findings strongly suggest that alleged hauntings may not necessarily represent evidence for 'ghostly' activity, but could be, at least in part, the result of people responding to 'normal' factors in their surroundings.
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I read this when we were discussing low frequency. The entire paper is available free online, but I'm wondering if Ingenta is charging for it, perhaps I shouldn't give out the URL's where it is free?
 
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Course you should, give us the link :smile:
 
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Sometimes knowing is enough. :biggrin:
 
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Doc Brown said:
Course you should, give us the link :smile:
You're an evil influence. :wink:

If one knows how to google, they'll find it easily.
 

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