The media tends to play a significant role in people's paranormal perceptions and beliefs.
With stories about paranormal investigations dominating the papers and shows such as 'Ghost Hunters' proving a ratings hit, it could be argued that interest in the unexplained is going from strength to strength. But how much does the media's presentation of these topics influence how people believe in them ? Professor Paul Brewer conducted his own investigation to find out.
Brewer found that what most encouraged people to believe in a story or TV show was the way in which the scientific aspects were presented. A story that describes how paranormal investigators used EMF meters and scientific methods to investigate a haunted location for example is a lot more likely to be believed.
"The paranormal is a popular and enduring theme in the media, stretching from Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula to the newest installment of Paranormal Activity, which opened last week."
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