Hypotheses and Methods

This is an outline of the basic methodology used by Sunset Paranormal Research and Investigation.

Primary Hypotheses: 

Paranormal experiences occur because of insufficient information to 
    determine a conclusive explanation.

A person's beliefs and past experiences will influence the way they 
    perceive a paranormal event.

A person's perception significantly defines their experiential reality.


1) Certain conditions in a person’s environment have a higher tendency to
    trigger paranormal experiences.

2) Foreshadowing or “Legend” significantly increases the likelihood of 
    paranormal experiences.

3) Exposure to ghost stories and paranormal media increases the likelihood 
    of paranormal experiences.

Testing the hypotheses:

1) Documenting how the claimant interacts with the environment in which 
     they had the paranormal experience.
a. Was it dark? In a cemetery? How does the claimant feel about darkness
    and cemeteries?

2) What does the claimant know about the location, it’s history, and how does 
     this relate to the experience?

3) Does the person have an interest in paranormal media, horror movies 
     or ghost stories?
a. Or has otherwise been recently exposed to it in some way? 

Supporting Hypotheses: 

1) A person’s senses pick up everything in the area and the subconscious mind remembers it whether or not the person is consciously aware of it. This 
subconscious memory can later 
influence the way in which the person experiences related events or be recalled in times of stress, anxiety, or when experiencing unexplained activity. 

2) A person's beliefs on the paranormal and supernatural directly influence the way in which they experience an unexplained event.  A person's belief also influences how they react to the situation,
as well as the intensity at which they seek a natural explanation of the event.

These hypotheses are difficult to test because they requires us to have information about things that the claimant has previously been exposed to, but has no conscious 
memory of having been exposed.  In many cases, knowing about the person's past, and places that they have recently visited 
can give some idea of the things they may have been exposed to. However, since there are still a large number of unknowns in this method, testing may be better achieved by controlling what a 
person is exposed to, then testing to see how or if it affects their experiences when put under stress or confronting the unexplained.

Considering these hypotheses, our approach is: 

1) Extensive interview with all claimants and witnesses

a. Details about the event they experienced

b. Feelings and opinions about the event itself

c. Details about what the person was doing before the event

d. Influences from the person’s past that relate to their experiences

e. General inquiry as to the person’s childhood, relations, education, recent events,
     and current lifestyle

2) Analysis of the location at which the event took place

a. Possible causes of the event or experience

b. History of the location, relevance to claimant

c. Overall atmosphere presented in the location

3) Research into similar claims by other people

a. In the same location

b. In other locations and their similarities or differences

4) If requested and given proper permissions, stakeout the claimant and the
 location to 
     corroborate the claims. 

a. Observe the activities of the claimant that are related to their paranormal experience

b. Audio and Video monitoring the location for any anomalies or unusual activity


Our investigations are for research purposes only.

We do not attempt to find evidence to either support or oppose any claims of supernatural involvement. Our goal is to understand the way in which people interpret unexplained events based upon the influences of various social and environmental factors. 

We focus primarily upon the claimant (s) and the way they naturally behave when 
faced with an unexplained event.  The client is expected to act according to their beliefs on supernatural, paranormal, and unexplained phenomenon, following a routine that feels most appropriate to them.