Glossary

Anomaly
Something found on a picture, photograph, video or voice recording that has no explainable source.

Apparition
The holy grail of ghost hunting. A spirit that is in human form and usually visible to the naked eye; or may appear in a photo undetected originally by the naked eye. Often this anomaly is dressed in period clothing. Very hard to capture on film but many have reported seeing this type of ghost. This is the “Hollywood Type” ghost featured in many movies.

Disembodied Voice
When a human can hear an unexplainable voice with his or her own ears, and I don’t mean schizophrenia either.

Electro Magnetic Field (EMF)
The field that surrounds all living things as well as given off by wires and electric circuits. In the field of ghost hunting, paranormal investigators use EMF meters to record anomalies in the magnetic field, which could indicate the presence of a spirit or ghost.

Entity
An entity is something that has a distinct and separate existence and no longer in the physical body.

ESP
Extrasensory perception is an ability to gather information independently from the other 5 human senses.

Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)
Electronic voice phenomena is the manifestation of voices and sounds of paranormal origin on electronic media such as magnetic tape, digital sound recorders and have been heard over the radio as well. Although voices may not be physically heard at the time of the recording, unexplained voices may be discovered during playback of the audio recording.

Ghost
A ghost is said to be the apparition of a deceased person, frequently similar in appearance to that person. Ghosts are usually encountered in places where the dead person is said to have frequented, or in association with the person’s former belongings.

Ghost Hunt
Is used to describe the activity of searching for ghosts and spirits and other paranormal apparitions.

Haunted
When an area or place has repeated sightings of ghost or unexplained paranormal activity, it is said to be haunted.

Intelligent
This is a type of haunting where the ghost interacts.  They are able to respond to questions and statements.  They might manifest themselves physically or vocally. 

Orb
A mass of energy in the shape of a ball, there are several classifications depending on size. Orbs are said to be the first signs of a manifestation of a spirit or ghost. Not all orb pictures are ghosts. In fact, most orbs are caused by moisture, dust, flash reflection, solar flare, and insects.

Paranormal
Is the umbrella term used to describe unusual phenomena or experiences that lack an obvious scientific explanation. For example ghosts, alien abductions and UFO’s.

Parapsychology
This is the scientific study of unusual events associated with human experiences and PSI subjects.

Psychic
Psychic is a person who professes an ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception (ESP), or is said by others to have such abilities.

Residual
This term applies to anniversary appearances, it’s said that ‘residuals’ are like tape recordings. These recordings seem to play the same scene repeatedly and mainly at the same time of day or on an anniversary each year.

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