Hayley is a Ghost

Putting the ghostbox to the test

Posted on: October 3, 2010

Earlier this week the ghostbox that I bought online arrived in the post. Many of my friends and fellow researchers thought I had gone mad by buying this thing but the fact of the matter is that these things have always interested me.

A ghost box is basically a pocket radio (or at least, that’s what it says on the back of mine) and it scans radio signals and feeds back a mix up of different radio programmes and broadcasts.

According to the leaflet that came with my ghostbox, spirits/ghosts use this noise and manipulate it to answer the questions they get asked.

It’s classed as a more direct method of spirit communication compared to something like Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) for which you use a recording device that you listen back to after the time of recording before picking out any answers or phrases from the spirits present at the time. The ghostbox, as you will hear, allows you to hear the supposed answers directly.

Below are three recordings named A, B & C. Each was taken on the ghost box.

A = the first recording, in which I was not present during the recording, thus meaning no questions were asked. B & C are recordings in which I was present and asked a generic set of questions for any ghosts present.

Before you begin this quick experiment get a pen and paper or open up notepad or similar on your computer.

Listen to recording A (with no questions asked) and note down any phrases or words that stand out to you.

I warn you, these recordings have some white noise and static and can be very noisy in parts. Oh, and did I mention, my voice is awful this week?

Did you hear anything? Did you note it down? Now listen to recording B (with questions being asked) and write down any responses you hear to the five questions I ask (one question is repeated twice)

Did you hear any answers in that one? Please make sure you noted them down and then listen to recording C (with questions asked again)

Did you hear any answers in that recording at all? Note them down and continue the experiment by reading beneath the picture below.


If you have written down answers you heard in recording C then take this moment to compare them with any words or phrases that stood out to you in recording A where no questions were asked.

Do the phrases or words match?

If not then they should because recording C is a cut down section of Recording A with questions recorded over the top of it in an editing programme.

If you heard answers to the questions I asked in recording C then they are not answers at all as there were no questions. This shows how easy it is to hear what you expect to hear in a mashup of random noise. It is auditory pareidolia.

That is what the ghostbox produces, a mix up of random noises that people put meaning into. If you ask “is there anybody here?” you would expect to hear “Yes” or “No” or something similar.

This is all the ghostbox produces, rather much like Electronic Voice Phenomena but with added help towards creating auditory illusions with the help of the clicking noise and the clippings of the broadcasts and transmitions.

I honestly cannot see how anybody could count this as a method of spirit communication without being seriously ignorant of the facts.

I don’t know if this can class as a real experiment as I don’t think it had enough controls in place, however, I do hope it allows you to see how easy it is to create answers out of nothing and it also allows my skeptical friends to hear exactly what a ghostbox sounds like (it’s even better live :p)

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7 Responses to "Putting the ghostbox to the test"

This is what I heard when listening to the recordings.

(a)
David
Sky
Milkshake
Woman
Huh
Tequila
Next week
many
Haven’t you?
You know

(b)
Question 1…Yep
Question 2…Liz
Question 3…My name is
Question 4…20…I…Wicked
Question 5 Hula…night…Choosing
Question 6…Yeah…Oh

(c)
Question 1…Later
Question 2…Next weekend
Question 3…12
Question 4..All I heard was music playing
Question 5..Heard something but couldnt make
out what it was
Question 6…Later

Nothing that made sense at all really. and I think it will be very interesting to hear what other people heard.

Ghostbox Excperiment 1 – oh so this devide just randomly palys radio frequencies? How silly!

1 Sounded to me like

“David Lloyd”

… long gap

“the

… long gap

“lead singer of the”

… long gap

“next week in”

… long gap

music

… “I can hear every”


music
music
music

I’ll try your recording with questions now 🙂

cj x

Ok… didn’t hear answers for everything, but I’ll put down what I have.

In A I heard:
-David
-Bullshit
-I knew every (perhaps everything)
-Lots of bursts of what sounded like clipped radio voices

B:
Who are you?
-David
How old?
-burst of sound, vaguely like “48” but obviously some confirmation bias
Why are you here?
-To see

C:
What is your name?
-Next Week (parents must have been hippies)
Why are you here?
-(Music Playing)
-I hear everything
Are you happy?
-Conceivable

Honestly, the whole thing sounded like someone was playing RIGHT on the edge of a bunch of radio stations simultaneously. Just a bunch of interference and clipped voices, mixed with some music. I assumed this was something you had thrown together, but if this is actually what the damn thing sounds like, using this as evidence is uberpathetic

And, I should have read your post more closely… this is even more pathetic than I thought if they KNOW it’s just interference and radio broadcasts.

I’d suggest deleting the above comment – they go around spamming people’s sites. :/ The same comment appears across a dozen blogs.

Thank you for the heads up. Sometimes spam is hard to spot.

I told you I was going to read other posts. Now I have to comment.
All I heard on any of them was what sounded like someone going through a radio band really fast. Is that what is supposed to happen?
I watch those “ghost hunting” shows all the time and every time they say “did you hear that??” and then play a clip. I rarely hear anything at all.
My ears must be bad.
I am enjoying your blog so much by the way!
Randa

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Hayley is a ghost

Hayley Stevens is an advocate for science-based research into seemingly paranormal experiences and occurrences. With a background in the pseudo-scientific research into ghosts, Hayley offers a unique insight into the strange world of ghost hunting through her experience.

She describes herself as 'a ghost hunter who doesn't hunt for ghosts' and this is her personal blog where she writes about ghosts, people, and other interesting things. Read more here.

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