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Hauntings and Poltergeists Multidisciplinary Perspectives
     

Hauntings and Poltergeists Multidisciplinary Perspectives

by James Edited by James Houran and Rense Lange
 

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ISBN-10: 0786432497

ISBN-13: 9780786432493

Pub. Date: 08/23/2007

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786432493
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/23/2007
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

About the Contributorsvi
Foreword2
Preface3
ISociocultural Perspectives7
1.Historical Introduction: The Example of Early Modern and Nineteenth-Century England9
2.An Experience-Centered Approach to Hauntings18
3.The Ghost Experience in a Wider Context41
4.The Sociological Investigation of Haunting Cases62
5.A House That Tries to Be Haunted: Ghostly Narratives in Popular Film and Television82
IIPhysical and Physiological Perspectives121
6.Investigations of Poltergeists and Haunts: A Review and Interpretation123
7.Seeking Spirits in the Laboratory164
8.Predicting the Characteristics of Haunt Phenomena from Geomagnetic Factors and Brain Sensitivity: Evidence from Field and Experimental Studies179
9.From Haunted Brain to Haunted Science: A Cognitive Neuroscience View of Paranormal and Pseudoscientific Thought195
10.Phantoms, Frauds, or Fantasies?214
IIIPsychological Perspectives225
11.A New Look at Haunting and Poltergeist Phenomena: Analyzing Experiences from a Semiotic Perspective227
12.Apparitions and Kindred Phenomena: Their Relevance to the Psychology of Paranormal Belief and Experience248
13.Relation of Hypnosis-Specific Attitudes and Behaviors to Paranormal Beliefs and Experiences: A Technical Review260
14.Ambiguous Stimuli Brought to Life: The Psychological Dynamics of Hauntings and Poltergeists280
Afterword307
Bibliography310
Index329

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