Hayley is a Ghost

The ghostbox

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.

recording 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.

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?


Tthey 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 actually asked.

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.


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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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