Sunday, September 27, 2015

EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon)

Electronic Voice Phenomenon

Have you ever watched ghost hunters? They usually tape their sessions and replay them back with captions. They analyze the jumbled static as a voice and try to distinguish what it means. Well, this is an example of the EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon). The EVP is the alleged communications of spirits through tape recorders and other electronic devices. Is this just people creating meaning out of a useless noise? Some people say these "voices" are heard because of interference from a nearby CB operator or cross modulation. on the other hand, EVP researchers say highly interactive communication they have engaged in would be impossible to discount as interference or brain tricks. Sarah Estep helped to really flourish this idea in America. She even started the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomenon and claims to have communicated with thousands of ghosts and aliens. 

Auditory pareidolia is a situation created when the brain incorrectly interprets random patterns as being familiar patters. EVP could be an example of this. The observer could just  be interpreting the sounds as familiar sounds and making a relationship that isn't there. Some of these alleged recordings could be hoaxes created by frauds as well. 


- Alexa Chiaro

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