Ghosts and Hauntings
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I have wondered what the timeline is between a ghost and a “vintage” ghost?
Maybe we need a taxonomy of timelines. A name for the different time periods, say 1600’s, 1700’s, 1800’s 1900’s, 20th century. Any suggestions?
Maybe we need a taxonomy of types: Say military ghost, occupation ghosts (butcher, baker, candlestick maker) crook ghosts, politician ghosts, sorry didn’t mean to be redundant. Wonder what the full spectrum of afterlife would be. Somebody has already done this I bet. If you know, let me know.
Looking at the DSM 5. Look you’ll. Let’s look at hormones and could they influence a ghost hunt, Bigfoot hunt, paranormal investigation?
For this blog we are just looking at one hormone. DOPAMINE!
What is dopamine
Dopamine is one of the brain’s neurotransmitters – a chemical transmitting messages between neurons.
Why is it important?
Dopamine is often referred to as a “reward chemical.” “Reinforcement” would be a better term. Dopamine reinforces and orients attention and motivation. When dopamine gets activated in our brains by a particular stimulus or action, it is nature’s way of telling us that something is important for us. It is nature’s way of telling us to focus on particular stimulus.
How does it relate to paranormal investigations?
When we detect more “signal” than relative to “noise”, then we identify more patterns. This is called “patternicity,” the tendency to find meaningful patterns in both meaningful and meaningless noise.
New research suggests that dopamine plays an important role in error detection, helping to determine whether a perception meets expectations or predictions. When there is a discrepancy or error between expectations and perceptions (say a signal of the paranormal) then dopamine release might mark the event as important, novel and warranting attention. If the perception exceeds expectation, it may be experience as rewarding or pleasurable and the person will want to repeat the experience.
It gets worse!
The most common type of delusion is called a “referential” delusion. Everything happens for a reason. The environment is somehow being manipulated. With patternicity the detection of hidden messages and signs are not coincidences.
Dopamine over-activity may erroneously reinforce the learning or pairing of associations between what would otherwise be unrelated, or coincidental events to be attributed to the paranormal.
As I have said many times, I want to believe, but also want my science training to kick in and verify and validate my conclusions. A dopamine release in a ghost hunt could influence the reality of what is happening.
Keep smiling and thinking!