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Dr. Jason J. Braithwaite

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Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena
239 Park Road
Smethwick , West Midlands B67 5HX
United Kingdom

Company Description: ASSAP maintains close relations with many other anomaly and paranormal research and investigation groups, including a national network of Affiliated Groups. Group...   more

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Haunted bed ghosts magnetism magnetic fields haunting, 21 July 2011 [cached]
To fill this gap, ASSAP member Dr Jason Braithwaite designed MADS (Magnetic Anomaly Detection System) specifically to record relevant magnetic fields to see if they occur in allegedly haunted locations. ASSAP helped fund this relatively expensive equipment.
The Fields
Laboratory experiments have demonstrated a particular kind of low-frequency magnetic field that is capable of inducing hallucinations. Jason calls them EIFs - Experience-Inducing Fields. Broadly speaking, they are defined in the table below.
The haunting at the castle has been continuously investigated by Jason for well over a decade.
Tourists often stay overnight on organised 'ghost sits' in the TR hoping to experience something, though it is now possible to join Jason on a limited series of serious investigations he runs every year that are also open to the public.
On 31 March 2004, just after the completion of the successful Muncaster Conference, Jason and Ian Topham put MADS through its paces for the first time in the TR.
These resulted in a paper (Braithwaite, 2004), the first study ever published of time-linked synchronised magnetic measurements at a haunted location.
More experiments took place on 26 and 27 October 2004, with Jason and Maurice Townsend the researchers present.
Braithwaite, J. J. (2004). Magnetic variances associated with 'haunt-type' experiences: A comparison using time-synchronised baseline measurements. European Journal of Parapsychology, 19, 3-29.
Braithwaite, J. J., & Townsend, M. (2005).
Braithwaite, J. J. (in press). Using digital magnetometry to quantify anomalous magnetic fields associated with spontaneous strange experiences: The magnetic anomaly detection system (MADS). Journal of Parapsychology.
Braithwaite, J. J., Perez-Aquino, K., & Townsend, M. (2005).
Mysterious Britain & Ireland | Mysteries, Legends & The Paranormal, 12 Mar 2004 [cached]
An Interview With Dr Jason Braithwaite
Dr Jason Braithwaite
We recently caught up with Dr Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Birmingham with an interest in anomalous experience, hallucinations, and aberrations in self-consciousness. He also has a formidable reputation for being extremely well informed on matters of the brain / mind relationship, and high quality scientific research. Read More >
FYI: Who You Gonna Call? - Popular Science, 19 April 2006 [cached]
For more than a decade, neuropsychologist Jason Braithwaite of the University of Birmingham has been trying to figure out why visitors to Muncaster Castle in England claim to see ghosts in rooms and corridors."People have been having these experiences for hundreds of years, and they deserve a scientific explanation," he says.And although Braithwaite doesn't yet have an explanation for the supernatural shenanigans, he's finding some leads.
Using a device he developed with sensors that measure the strength of these low-frequency EMFs, Braithwaite detected unusual electromagnetic activity below the 50-hertz range in and around the castle.
Bothered by the profusion of paranormal investigators who see the scientific method as optional, Braithwaite recently announced that he's creating the first-ever "ghost school."It will teach anyone who's interested how to investigate paranormal phenomena logically and rigorously.For instance, a thorough investigator might give visitors questionnaires to zero in on locations where many people report feeling spooked and then investigate those areas to see if magnetic fields or chilly drafts might be responsible."The course isn't about teaching people what to think but how to think," Braithwaite says.
He notes, however, that even with extensive research, it might be impossible to definitively disprove the existence of ghosts."Factors like magnetic fields may be potential explanations for some sightings," he says.
YEHEY!News [cached]
Jason Braithwaite, a cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist from the University of Birmingham, grew up within 10 miles (15 kilometers) of the castle and will run the course in March.
A self-confessed sceptic about the paranormal, he said the idea was to teach people to apply genuine scientific skills so they can decide for themselves what lies behind phenomena that appear to have no rational explanation.
"I'm not saying I can explain these experiences but I am saying that you will have the mental tools to look seriously and sensibly at them.It's not a ‘turn-out-the-lights, is there anybody there?' experience," he told Agence-France Presse.
Braithwaite, 34, whose day job entails working with brain damaged patients, has spent nearly 15 years researching why there have been so many ghost sightings at Muncaster, particularly in the castle's Tapestry Room.
Braithwaite, however, suggests that an unusually high magnetic field in the area could account for the ghostly goings-on.
"There's no single explanation for ghosts, apparitions and strange experiences.There are a variety depending on the context and the individual," he explained.
Near-Death Incidents Are The Electrical Surge For Dying Brain [cached]
Dr Jason Braithwaite of Birmingham University, while commenting over this research, said that this phenomenon appears to be brain's final "hurrah".
He said that a limitation is they didn't know when these near-death incidents really occur.
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