Is the Mystery in the Method?
PSI’s Dave Wood casts a cursory glance at
the phenomenal phenomenon of EVP.
Electro-Voice Phenomena is one of the most popular forms of paranormal
‘evidence’ and ‘pursuit’ in the field today. EVP could be seen as a
popular theme in the UK but internationally it is a phenomenon all of
As a phenomenon EVP itself is little understood, even at a descriptive
level. Various websites boast non-auditory EVP. Every bang and crack is
defined as an EVP, despite the term ‘voice’ in the descriptor. Similarly
the grammatically anal could point to the redundant plural of “EVP’s”.
Rather reminiscent of the numerous ‘orb’ photos showing light phenomena
of all different shapes!
However this form of ‘non-vocal’ electro-voice is the first an observer
would discard. Whilst this is an area in need of scientific evidence,
the anecdotal evidence is plentiful. One PSI investigation saw
individuals confused by entirely irregular clicks. Viewing of the
video-tape clearly showed a regular 30-second click of normal mechanical
cause, and goes to show how much our brain ‘filters out’. Non-vocal EVP
can often be discarded as noises, which were simply not noticed by those
Similarly the indistinct noises which can be interpreted as voices hold
little water with outside observers. Whilst a lot of scientific research
is needed in this area, anecdotal evidence has shown that indistinct EVP
can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways. People often ‘hear the
right thing’ when someone tells them what they are meant to be listening
What we may be left with is the distinct voices, surely these cannot be
misattribution or attention deficit? They still may be, just in a less
obvious way. Everyone has heard the theory that distinct EVP is radio
interference. How about a member of the team saying something and not
remembering? How about the misinterpretation of a noise caused by the
moving parts of a tape recorder? Maybe this is the case – maybe it
What is clear to this researcher, anecdotally, is that I have never
heard evidence of EVP where people have used ‘clean’ white noise and
everyone has been still and silent. Each occasion a detuned radio has
been involved or people have been walking around. The method is sloppy
and doomed to failure as evidence.
But maybe we are wrong? If anyone reading this has managed to record EVP
under strictly controlled conditions we want to hear from you! PSI will
be scientifically studying the subject of EVP, but to start that process
we need your help.
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