The omnipresence of paranormal entertainment piqued the interest of Paul Brewer, professor of communication at the University of Delaware, who wondered what makes viewers believe — or disbelieve — what they see on the screen.
His resulting study, recently published in the journal Science Communication, examines the influence of media messages about paranormal investigators on how people perceive the investigators’ credibility.
One version of the article described a paranormal investigator’s “scientific” approach to his work, including his use of various instruments, items Brewer describes as “trappings of science.”
One specifically mentioned in the article is an electromagnetic field (EMF) detector, used to locate sources of electricity. Members of the group who read this article were much more likely to call the investigators scientific and credible, as well as to believe in the paranormal. Brewer said the findings could trouble paranormal skeptics.
Interesting. I’m going to try to get a copy of this paper since it’s exactly the topic I researched as well.
I’m not surprised at the results, that people appeared to be “blinded with science”. They get their idea of what a scientist is supposed to look like by television. Hint – so do these non-scientist paranormal investigators. It’s not real science, it’s a sham, but apparently, it works.
Here is more on this topic.
Tip: Molly Hodgdon