• What is paranormal research? 

Paranormal research is the study of how and why people experience unnatural or unexplained activity. It focuses on physiological conditions such as memory recall, information processing and the pattern recognition within the human brain. Research also deals with behavioral aspects such as how unconfirmed or subjective information can influence a person’s perception of reality. It also deals with the influence of situation and environmental factors as well as the role of beliefs, superstition, legend and other social influences on perceived experiences. 

• What is paranormal activity?

Paranormal activity may be defined as any event that cannot be explained by our current understanding of the physical world and its natural laws. In order to be considered paranormal, an event must be determined as unexplained through investigation of likely natural physical or psychological causes or be a reoccurring event with significant odds against chance to rule out a natural cause. 

The paranormal is not a thing that causes events to occur or a source of activity. It is simply a term describing an event that either has no known explanation, or has such a low chance of occurrence that repeat activity should not normally happen.

• Do ghosts exist?/ Are Ghosts real?

This is a difficult question to answer because we first need to clarify what is meant by the term ‘Exist’ or ‘Real’. This falls under the same category as the question ‘Does Freedom exist?’ the answer really depends upon the background, beliefs, and opinion of the person you are asking. 

A ghost or a spirit is a supernatural entity. Supernatural is a term that describes something that is from beyond the physical or natural world. There has never been  any concrete or scientific proof that ghosts or spirits exist though there has been unexplained paranormal evidence that suggests that they may exist in a general sense. A major part of this question lies in understanding what people mean when they use the term ghost, and what they define as spirit. Most paranormal evidence falls into the category of perceived anomalies, meaning that a person’s beliefs and opinions directly affect the way in which they understand what they are experiencing. If a person believes that ghosts exist, then they will most perceive unexplained events in a way that reflects this belief and will experience what they know to be a ghost or spirit.

Therefore, ghosts exist to some people, and do not exist to others. In either case unexplained events occur, and some of them with such a high odd against chance that they can be considered paranormal. The interpretation of the event is based upon the individual.

There is no way to prove one person’s belief is not more ‘real’ than another person’s belief, nor can you really deny another person the reality of their beliefs without a paradigm shift ( reconditioning or brainwashing ).

• Why do people have paranormal experiences?

Paranormal experiences are encounters with unexpected and unexplained events. The significance of the event is a function of how unlikely or unexpected the event is, how much information is known, and how much attention the person is giving it. In certain situation and locations, people may become more aware of their environment and have a tendency to notice more of the small details. A peaceful cemetery can seem pretty creepy and paranormally active while alone at night when people’s senses are more alert to their surroundings. If a person has heard a place is haunted, or has a legend associated with it they will be more alert to the experience. 

Humans have an agency detection device that assigns humanlike motivation and behavior patterns to otherwise random events. When the cause of an event is unknown, human pattern recognition relates the event to past experiences in order to explain the event. These recognized patterns can come from stories, legends, historical knowledge, superstition and beliefs, as well as first hand experiences.

Once a person associates a certain event with paranormal or supernatural activity, they have a tendency to attribute future occurrences with the same explanations instead of investigating other possible causes. When an agency is associated with multiple events, this agency can seem to have personality and may become a fully anthropomorphized presence in what is traditionally described as an intelligent haunting. In any case, belief alone will make the haunting a very real experience for the people affected.

• What is the difference between Ghost hunting and paranormal research?

Ghost hunting is a popular activity that seeks to prove whether or not ghosts exist and are haunting the client. It is effectively paranormal research with the researcher as the subject – the goal being to show any claimants whether or not there is activity to be experienced through documented example. Many ghost hunting groups will report whether or not a location is haunted and attempt to identify the nature of the haunting, adding their own beliefs and theories to the claims. 

Paranormal research studies the way people behave when faced with unexplained activity as well as the role of popular cultural beliefs in the understanding of these experiences. Once the likelihood of an event is determined, the researcher does not attempt to further define it with unnatural or supernatural theories. Researches try to avoid influencing or interfering with the beliefs, theories, and opinions of the claimant, and allow them to draw their own conclusions. While paranormal research seeks to understand how and why people have supernatural experiences, we cannot officially accept or deny a supernatural existence without sufficient scientific proof.

• What methods and procedures are used in paranormal research?

The principle resource used in paranormal research is data collection, documentation, and claim evaluation. Data is primarily collected through extensive interviews, background information about the claimant and the location, photos and video of claim related items and locations, and occasionally surveillance data to document repeating activity. 

• What equipment is used during research investigations?

The typical equipment is a pad of paper to document observation, a camera for documenting photo documentation of claims related material and locations, and a voice recorder or video camera for documenting the interview process. Other technical equipment may be used occasionally to test popular theories related to paranormal experiences or at the request of the claimant. Paranormal researchers may set up surveillance equipment so that they can observe the experiences of the client in order to confirm and better understand the nature of the claim.