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Parasomnia and the paranormal
30th July 2019 Sarah Chumacero 301 views. 0 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General.
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/matrixing is really just our brains trying to be smart
2nd July 2019 Sarah Chumacero 2504 views. 2 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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!

Do spirits communicate with us during dreams?
15th May 2019 Sarah Chumacero 3715 views. 4 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General.
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?

Is it paranormal or is it just slow shutter speed?
10th May 2019 Sarah Chumacero 756 views. 0 comments. Photography, General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Are blurry apparitions really ghosts or is it really a slow shutter speed? What can you do to avoid motion blur on your photos?

How to investigate the paranormal with no electronic equipment
28th April 2019 Sarah Chumacero 1788 views. 0 comments. Paranormal Equipment, General, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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!

Residual VS Intelligent Haunting
17th April 2019 Sarah Chumacero 758 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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?

The old school tricks of deception - Rapping
18th January 2019 Sarah Chumacero 621 views. 1 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Paranormal Investigation.
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 streaming during paranormal investigations – Do’s and Don'ts!
20th December 2018 Sarah Chumacero 841 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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.

Ultrasonic sound and the paranormal
30th September 2018 Sarah Chumacero 756 views. 0 comments. General, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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?

Ethics, grief and the paranormal.
21st August 2018 Sarah Chumacero 830 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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?

Why we should avoid recording EVP sessions in MP3 format
15th August 2018 Sarah Chumacero 949 views. 0 comments. General, Paranormal Equipment, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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.

Paranormal 'Hot spots' and their influence on investigations
11th July 2018 Sarah Chumacero 610 views. 0 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Paranormal Investigation.
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?

The cocktail party effect and paranormal investigating
18th April 2018 Sarah Chumacero 1011 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation.
The cocktail party effect is a term coined by psychologists for a form of selective hearing. How does this impact us during a paranormal investigation?

EVP and Frequency
18th April 2018 Sarah Chumacero 2668 views. 1 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Paranormal Equipment, Paranormal Investigation, EVP.
How can you establish what frequency an EVP was captured at? Are there man made sources that can interfere with EVP? What is ELF? Is there a way to tell if a voice is human?

Should we be avoiding the energy drinks and surgary treats when we go investigating?
15th April 2018 Sarah Chumacero 919 views. 0 comments. Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Paranormal Investigation.
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?

Using white noise in paranormal investigations
19th February 2018 Sarah Chumacero 2906 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation.
What is white noise and what can it be used for? What do people use it for in paranormal investigations? Here is all you need to know about white noise.

Analog VS Digital Recorders ... Which is better for paranormal investigating
22nd January 2018 Sarah Chumacero 1156 views. 0 comments. Paranormal Equipment, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, General, Paranormal Investigation, EVP.
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

Understanding the basics of EXIF Data for reviewing paranormal photos
12th January 2018 Sarah Chumacero 1311 views. 1 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation.
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'.

Digital VS Film Photography .... Which is Better?
2nd December 2017 Sarah Chumacero 772 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, Paranormal Investigation.
Digital VS Film. Which is better for paranormal investigating? Is one more reliable than the other? I look at the pros and cons of both.

Top tips for paranormal investigating
6th November 2017 Sarah Chumacero 756 views. 2 comments. General, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
With the help of my Living Life in Full Spectrum followers, I have compiled a list of top tips for paranormal investigating! Thanks to all who contributed.

Regardless of your views, you must be respectful!
30th October 2017 Sarah Chumacero 546 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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.

Should we be trying to communicate in languages other than English?
16th October 2017 Sarah Chumacero 865 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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?

Activity occurs any time of day (even when the sun is out!)
24th September 2017 Sarah Chumacero 1223 views. 0 comments. General, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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

Your full spectrum camera doesn't really see the full spectrum
5th September 2017 Sarah Chumacero 2536 views. 1 comments. Photography, General, Paranormal Equipment, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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!

Finding a venue for your next paranormal investigation
8th June 2017 Sarah Chumacero 728 views. 0 comments. Paranormal Investigation, Paranormal Locations, General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Want to investigate a new location but don't know where to start?

Why flash photography should not be used on paranormal investigations
10th May 2017 Sarah Chumacero 749 views. 0 comments. Photography, General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Reasons why I believe flash photography should not be allowed on paranormal investigations.

Trespassing is not only illegal, it gives investigators a bad rep
26th March 2017 Sarah Chumacero 1134 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Trespassing is illegal and damaging to the paranormal field

Being sensitive to different cultures and the deceased’s privacy during a public paranormal investigation
19th March 2017 Sarah Chumacero 425 views. 0 comments. General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
When conducting an investigation, it is important to discuss with the venue what you can and cannot disclose out of respect for the deceased and their families.

Understanding the different causes of ORBS
19th January 2017 Sarah Chumacero 3762 views. 3 comments. Photography, General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
ORBS - you either love or hate them. Here is how your camera can produce the 'ORB' effect

Different types of hauntings
4th January 2017 Sarah Chumacero 1753 views. 2 comments. General, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
You hear people talking about residual and intelligent hauntings, but what does it all mean?

EVP - What does it mean and how do I capture one?
5th December 2016 Sarah Chumacero 1971 views. 4 comments. General, Paranormal Investigation, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know, EVP.
You hear the term EVP thrown around a lot but what does it mean and how can I catch one?

Just because it's called ghosting doesn't make it paranormal
7th August 2016 Sarah Chumacero 1085 views. 2 comments. Photography, General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
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!

Should you research before an investigation?
15th June 2015 Sarah Chumacero 841 views. 0 comments. Paranormal Investigation, General, Stuff paranormal investigators need to know.
Some like to go in blind and some like to research before an investigation. Why is it important to research before an investigation?

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    Parasomnia and the paranormal

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    The Autokinetic Effect

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