When not in use as an acronym for the East Valley Paranormal team, the term, EVP is fulfilling it’s other full time job. It stands for Electronic Voice Phenomenon.  This is the term used to describe voices caught on audio tape for which there is no known physical source.  These voices are not heard at the time of the recording.  Following, are some other terms often used in the paranormal field.

Disembodied Voice : These voices differ from EVP’s in that they can be heard at the time they occur. And, when heard during an investigation where audio recorders are used, the voice may not show up on the recording during evidence review.

EMF Meter : A meter used by investigators to measure any changes in the ElectroMagnetic Field. It is theorized that unexplainable changes in this field may signal the presence of a ghost or entity. For a more in depth look at the intricacies of this piece of equipment, visit: Ghost Gadgets.com

Thermal Imager : A thermal imaging camera (colloquially known as a TIC) is a type of thermographic camera which renders infrared radiation as visible light. It is used by investigators to detect anomalous cold and hot spots.

Full Spectrum : Modified digital cameras can detect some ultraviolet, all of the visible and much of the near infrared spectrum, as most digital imaging sensors are sensitive from about 350nm to 1000nm. An off-the-shelf digital camera contains an infrared hot mirror filter that blocks most of the infrared and a bit of the ultraviolet that would otherwise be detected by the sensor, narrowing the accepted range from about 400nm to 700nm[2]. Replacing a hot mirror or infrared blocking filter with an infrared pass or a wide spectrally transmitting filter allows the camera to detect the wider spectrum light at greater sensitivity. It is theorized that full spectrum cameras are more capable of catching entities than regular digital cameras because they radiate naturally in these spectrums.

Intelligent haunt : This term is used to describe a spirit capable of interacting with its environment. Interaction may occur in the form of moving objects, raps and bangs in response to questions, as well as direct answers to questions.

Residual haunt : With this type of haunt, there is no interaction with current environment. The activity is replayed over and over, and can either be random, or can occur on an “anniversary” of when the actual event took place. If there is any sort of cognition involved with these types of haunts, it is believed that the spirit does not know it is dead.

Poltergeist : German for noisy ghost; an entity or energy that displays sensational interaction with the physical environment, and manifests only when a specific individual or individuals are present.  Or a ghost that manifests itself by noises, trappings or creating disorder. This particular haunting can be "life disrupting". This means that it will cause such a disturbance that normal everyday life will become impossible. It is necessary to remember that this form of haunting is extremely rare.

Cold spots : Unexplained fluctuations in temperature believed to be created when a ghost is preparing to materialize or heighten activity.  It is theorized that an entity draws energy from the area and people around it.

Paranormal : A term coined around 1915, that designates experiences that lie outside “the range of normal experiences or scientific explanation” or that indicates phenomena that are understood to be outside of science’s current ability to explain or measure. Paranormal phenomena are distinct from certain hypothetical entities, such as dark matter and dark energy, in so far as paranormal phenomena are inconsistent with the world as already understood through empirical observation  coupled with scientific methodologies.

EMF : Stands for Electro Magnetic Frequency. While it is thought that ghosts emit and thrive on this sort of energy, it is also understood that many electrical devices emit them too. Among the culprits for high output are older alarm clocks, and stereos, power lines, and cell phones. Constant exposure to high EMF fields can result in feelings of paranoia, nausea, skin irritation, and dizziness. Often, people mistake these effects for paranormal activity.

Pareidolia : Also known as “Matrixing.” The brain’s ability to create a familiar image or sound from a picture or audio file that would otherwise be unrecognizable. Faces are probably the most common form of matrixing.  See our picture of the “Ghost Jacket” here.

Orbs : Images caught on film which appear as free floating circles of light. In general, investigators will dismiss this phenomena when they encounter it during evidence review due to several very common and very natural causes among which, are dust and bugs. For a great in depth explanation of the cause of this phenomena, please visit:

Ghost Gadgets.com

K2 meter: This is another type of EMF detector. It uses colored lights to distinguish the strength of the EMF hits. It has been used with moderate success to communicate in real time with ghosts. “Light up the lights for yes. Leave them unlit for no.” Our team now refers to this meter as “Christmas lights” after a K2 session on the Queen Mary which can be viewed here.

Frank’s Box : a device thought to contact spirits by sweeping back and forth over the AM radio band in order to create white noise that entities can manipulate in order to form words. For a more in-depth look at this piece of equipment, go here.

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