Hauntings and Poltergeists: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
James Houran, Rense Lange
McFarland, Aug 5, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 336 pages
Few people can claim the distinction of experiencing first-hand such occurrences as hauntings and the presence of poltergeists, but countless numbers of people are fascinated by these unexplainable events. Written by the world's most knowledgeable authorities in this field, the essays in this work promote a better understanding of the manifestations of and various reasons for hauntings and poltergeist phenomena. The experts come from such backgrounds as anthropology, history, philosophy, psychiatry, and sociology, and provide sober yet highly readable in-depth discussions of numerous ideas and rationalizations for hauntings and poltergeists, from a critical and scientific perspective. Divided into three major sections--sociocultural, physical and physiological, and psychological perspectives--this work provides an overview of each perspective and also addresses the general psychology of belief in the paranormal and how that belief relates to experiences with ghosts and poltergeists.
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Historical Introduction The Example of Early Modern and NineteenthCentury England
An ExperienceCentered Approach to Hauntings
The Ghost Experience in a Wider Context
The Sociological Investigation of Haunting Cases
A House That Tries to Be Haunted Ghostly Narratives in Popular Film and Television
From Haunted Brain to Haunted Science A Cognitive Neuroscience View of Paranormal and Pseudoscientific Thought
Phantoms Frauds or Fantasies?
A New Look at Haunting and Poltergeist Phenomena Analyzing Experiences from a Semiotic Perspective
Apparitions and Kindred Phenomena Their Relevance to the Psychology of Paranormal Belief and Experience
Relation of HypnosisSpecific Attitudes and Behaviors to Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences A Technical Review
Ambiguous Stimuli Brought to Life The Psychological Dynamics of Hauntings and Poltergeists
Physical and Physiological Perspectives
Investigations of Poltergeists and Haunts A Review and Interpretation
Seeking Spirits in the Laboratory
Predicting the Characteristics of Haunt Phenomena from Geomagnetic Factors and Brain Sensitivity Evidence from Field and Experimental Studies
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