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Haunting

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Haunt
A collaboration between Usman Haque and Professor Chris French (Goldsmiths College Psychology Department), 2005.

[From website: Using humidity, temperatures and electromagnetic and sonic frequencies that parapsychologists have associated with haunted spaces, this project aims at building an environment that feels “haunted”: a non-visual architecture. A circular featureless chamber was built inside a standard row house apartment in North London, measuring approximately 3m x 3m, and 4m high. The temperature was approximately 18 degrees celcius and the light level was about 1 lux. A purpose built infrasound cabinet and two electromagnetic coils provided varying stimuli.

The objective of the experiment was to determine whether infrasonic frequencies and magnetic field fluctuations similar to those found in supposedly “haunted” spaces can elicit physiological or psychological effects similar to those experienced in “hauntings”. During participation galvanic skin response of the participants was measured and they were required to note down any unusual phenomena they experienced, marking where these occured on a map of the room, and at what time. Each session lasted approximately 50 minutes. Participants were randomly placed in one of 4 groups though they were not informed of their group until the end of the experiment: those subjected to infrasound, those subjected to magnetic fields, those subjected to both and those subjected to neither. The objective of the experiment was to determine whether infrasonic frequencies and magnetic field fluctuations similar to those found in supposedly “haunted” spaces can elicit physiological or psychological effects similar to those experienced in “hauntings”.

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During participation galvanic skin response of the participants was measured and they were required to note down any unusual phenomena they experienced, marking where these occured on a map of the room, and at what time. Each session lasted approximately 50 minutes. Participants were randomly placed in one of 4 groups though they were not informed of their group until the end of the experiment: those subjected to infrasound, those subjected to magnetic fields, those subjected to both and those subjected to neither.]
URL: http://www.haque.co.uk/haunt.php

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Written by ajsteggell

May 4, 2007 at 10:09 pm

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