A lot of people report paranormal experiences at night when they are either falling asleep or actually asleep and feel they have been visited or even 'attacked' in a dream. Some behaviours at night time can often be interpreted as paranormal, when they are actually a 'parasomnia'. Is it all apart of falling sleeping, or does this state allow us to become more susceptible to the other side? Let's look at some common parasomnias and how they are often tied into the paranormal.
The Autokinetic Effect 26th July 2019 Sarah Chumacero 127 views. 1 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
We know the brain loves a good optical illusion. When our brain and eyes work together to interpret what we see, often it tricks us into thinking things are moving around. The autokinetic effect can make stationary objects seem as if they are moving in the dark. Some UFO sightings could be attributed to this phenomena. So let's look at the autokinetic effect in more detail.
Retrocognition 17th July 2019 Sarah Chumacero 281 views. 0 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General.
You will have heard of precognition which is otherwise known as 'future sight'. Did you know there is also a reverse version called retrocognition? Can a person psychically know a past event, or it is just a form of memory phenomenon? Is it a form of déjà vu? Is it linked with psychometry? Here is all you need to know about retrocognition.
Pareidolia, otherwise known as matrixing is a type of apophenia - a psychological phenomenon where your brain tries to make sense of data. It is why you will see a face in the clouds. Here are some examples from my own travels in the paranormal field and how they were 'debunked' as well as looking at how apophenia in some ways applies to facial recognition technology (such as snapchat) that are commonly mistaken as 'ghosts'.
The 'Sensed Presence' 28th June 2019 Sarah Chumacero 399 views. 1 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Paranormal Theories.
Our brain is programmed to protect us. Physically, it puts us into fight or flight mode to avoid potentially getting hurt. Psychologically, it can make us think we are having a paranormal experience to give us comfort or help us through a difficult situation.
Psychometry 15th June 2019 Sarah Chumacero 1052 views. 0 comments. General, Paranormal Theories, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Psychometry is a psychic ability where a person is able to read the history of a physical object simply by touching it. Let's explore this further!
Tulpa, Poltergeists and Thoughtforms 31st May 2019 Sarah Chumacero 797 views. 1 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Famous Paranormal Cases, Paranormal Theories.
You will have heard about Poltergeist hauntings, but have you heard of a Tulpa? Tulpa is a common yet widely unknown term in the paranormal field. Are a poltergeist and a tulpa the same thing? What is a thoughtform? Let's look into all of this and more!
Dermo-Optical Perception 24th May 2019 Sarah Chumacero 366 views. 0 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Paranormal Theories.
Otherwise known as Eyeless Sight, Dermo-Optical Perception is the ability to perceive colours by simply touching an object. Is this a real form of ESP or is it all a form of trickery? Let's look at it a little closer.
Blindfold Experiments 22nd May 2019 Sarah Chumacero 352 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation.
Introducing a blindfold to your paranormal investigations can give some interesting results. Here are some ways you can use a blindfold on your investigations!
It has long been said by many that believe in spirits that they feel they can communicate with us or give us messages through our dreams. Let's look at the different dream states and their claimed connections with spirit visitation. Are they just dreams, or something more?
Let's look at the different things you can do to investigate the paranormal, without all the electronic devices. Don't forget there is also one very important piece of equipment that we may not use to it's full potential ..... yourself!
Investigators often like to label a potential 'haunting' as either residual or intelligent. What do these mean and how do you tell the difference?
Trusting that gut feeling 11th April 2019 Sarah Chumacero 401 views. 0 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Paranormal Investigation.
Trust your gut is a term we all often use. I know I do all the time. In a field where we are always promoting rational and critical thinking, should we be trusting our gut feelings when it comes to paranormal investigating?
The Stone Tape Theory 2nd April 2019 Sarah Chumacero 2478 views. 3 comments. Famous Paranormal Cases, Paranormal Investigation, General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
What is the stone tape theory and what is it all about? Where did it come from and is there any merit to the claims?
Bats and Frequency 31st March 2019 Sarah Chumacero 298 views. 0 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General.
Bats use echolocation to communicate and navigate with one another. As the sound is ultrasonic, it is not something we hear with our own ears. If you are doing an investigation outside, could a digital recorder pick up these ultrasonic sounds which are then confused with something paranormal?
The doorway effect 24th March 2019 Sarah Chumacero 574 views. 1 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Do you ever walk into the room with an intention and then suddenly as you enter the room you have completely forgotten why you walked in the room to begin with? This can fall under a memory phenomena called 'The Doorway Effect'. The main trigger - walking through a doorway. So what does this mean for how we recall information during our paranormal investigations?
Water and the Paranormal 22nd March 2019 Sarah Chumacero 1010 views. 2 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General.
Do you believe that water acts as a conduit for paranormal phenomena? Water has connections with the paranormal in many ways. Let's look at some of the theories and ways in which water is associated with the paranormal and mythology.
Experimenter Enthusiasm 7th February 2019 Sarah Chumacero 285 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation.
Why is it that people report when using a new technique, piece of equipment or conducting a new experiment is that it seems to work initially and results later drop off. Is it a case of experimenter enthusiasm?
The Scientific Method 22nd January 2019 Sarah Chumacero 386 views. 2 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Paranormal Investigation.
A lot of investigators (myself in the past included) often advertise that we take a scientific approach to paranormal investigation, usually because we use equipment. When you compare this to the actual scientific method, are we really being that scientific just because we have a gadget? What is the scientific method and how can we apply it to paranormal investigating?
During the spiritualist era starting in the mid 1800's, there was a new interest in people trying to make contact with their loved ones through seance. Sadly, a lot of the mediums performing these seances were frauds and used some very creative tricks of deception to convince their audience that they were the real deal. Let's explore some of the techniques that were used to recreate rapping and how we can be mindful during modern day paranormal investigating.
Live streams are fast becoming a popular tool for investigators for lots of reasons and like anything can be good and bad.
Are we the ghosts? 13th December 2018 Sarah Chumacero 537 views. 1 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General.
We go out in the dark of night with our flashlights and equipment in the hope of recording some sort of evidence that may give us an insight into paranormal phenomena in a quest that essentially looks to prove ghosts are real. What if we are looking at it in the wrong way? What if we are the ghosts?
Precognition 27th November 2018 Sarah Chumacero 1039 views. 2 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General.
Is precognition a message from the other side or a form of de ja vu?
The Rabbit Illusion 10th October 2018 Sarah Chumacero 972 views. 1 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Researchers have created a visual illusion in order to demonstrate a little brain trick called postdiction. It has been nicknamed the ‘Rabbit Illusion’. It highlights the brain's tendency to 'fill in the blanks' and makes us perceive things differently to how they actually were.
I have recently come across some research from different sources that show how ultrasound (ultrasonic noise) can effect digital recordings and appear to be what some would consider an 'EVP'. On the other hand, can ultrasound aid a paranormal investigation?
The ghost frequency 23rd September 2018 Sarah Chumacero 1601 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation.
We know that infrasound can cause a person to believe that they are experiencing something paranormal. There is however one particular frequency that invokes these feelings and it really hits the mark. It is referred to as 'The Ghost Frequency'
Disembodied voices 21st September 2018 Sarah Chumacero 1524 views. 2 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General.
There are a lot of fancy terms to describe certain paranormal experiences. One of those is a 'disembodied voice'. What exactly is it? Is it different to EVP? What are some explanations for this phenomena? I look at it from a few different angles to get you up to speed.
Effectiveness of baseline readings 16th September 2018 Sarah Chumacero 502 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation, Paranormal Equipment.
While we do prep work and baseline readings before an investigation, does doing this during the day and investigating at night or even on a different day effect these results? How should we work with our baselines?
Just because we can, should we? In an unregulated industry, there are certain things we need to stay away from. While it can be a bit of fun for some, there are people that are grieving or protective of family members who have passed away that we need to be considerate of. How soon is too soon?
EVP is one of the staples of paranormal investigating. If you don't have any equipment, you are still able to record a session using a digital recorder or a mobile phone. While it is convenient, it may not be useful as we think it is if the audio is compressed into MP3 format.
When investigating a property or location, an investigator usually asks for the 'Hot Spots'. Why is activity focused to one particular area and does this information influence the way we conduct our investigations? More to the point, should it?
Misconceptions of a mobile phone 6th July 2018 Sarah Chumacero 1106 views. 0 comments. General, Paranormal Equipment, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Catching orbs without a flash, night vision and thermal imaging filters, ghost apps and digital recordings. These are often used in conjunction with smartphones and wrongly misunderstood. This is breaking down some of the misconceptions when it comes to using your smartphone for paranormal investigating. Remember a phone was not designed to be a 'ghost hunting' tool.
Cold spots and the paranormal 24th June 2018 Sarah Chumacero 993 views. 0 comments. General, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
One of the first things you ‘pick up’ as a paranormal investigator is that a cold spot means something paranormal is or is about it happen. What natural explanations can cause us to feel these cold spots and what are the best way to measure them?
We all love to take energy and surgary drinks and bags of chocolate and lollies with us when we go investigating. It seems like a good idea, but is this having an effect on our bodies that we are possibly misinterpreting as paranormal?
Old school investigators swear by their analog recorders and magnetic tape while new school investigators like the convenience of a digital recorder. So which is better for paranormal investigating? I look at the pros and cons
When reviewing photos, we are always telling people to look at the EXIF data because it is a valuable tool to understanding the conditions in which a photo was taken. I explain what the EXIF Data is, how to access it and what things you should be looking at when reviewing photos for 'paranormal evidence'.
We all have different opinions, but respect is key. If you go into a location being disrespectful to their wishes, it can cause damage to the field because they might just close the doors to everyone else.
You know when you goto a foreign country where people speak little to no English and it can be a task just to ask where the bathroom is? Did you ever think maybe that is how a spirit feels sometimes? Is a language barrier hindering investigations or in the afterlife, do we magically become bilingual? Here are my thoughts and experience on the subject.
What is infrasound? 15th October 2017 Sarah Chumacero 1536 views. 3 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Infrasound is yet another phenomenon that can cause us to believe we are having a paranormal experience. Having an understanding of how it works is actually beneficial to investigators not only to help us debunk hauntings, but we can use it to aid our experiments as well.
Poltergeists 25th September 2017 Sarah Chumacero 1955 views. 1 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation.
No doubt you have come across the term 'Poltergeist' during your investigating travels. What does it mean? What is a typical 'poltergeist' haunting and can it be attributed to pre teen hormones?
While as investigators we investigate at night for a variety of reasons, phenomena is reported to occur at all times of day. If you are investigating the paranormal, there is also no rule you have to turn the lights off.
EVP Burst Sessions 19th September 2017 Sarah Chumacero 936 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation, EVP.
When it comes to EVP, Burst sessions are the way to go and I'm going to tell you why, , how to do one and what to be mindful of
A common paranormal investigator's term is 'I took this photo with my full spectrum camera'. While you are using a converted camera that can see deeper into light our eyes cannot see, it DOES NOT see the full spectrum of light.
Audio Pareidolia is a real thing 16th June 2017 Sarah Chumacero 6066 views. 8 comments. General, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, EVP.
Next time you turn on that spirit box or listen to that EVP recording, keep this in mind first!
Not all orbs are dust. Some are the results of a photography term called ghosting which is really a form of lens flare. Here is all you need to know about ghosting and how to spot it and why it appears in your photos. The most important thing to note is just because it is called ghosting by photographers, doesn't mean it is paranormal!