Angel: a non-human entity believed to be aligned with god.
Apparition: the visible form of a ghost.
Cold Spots: self-contained patches of cool air thought to be caused by paranormal entities
drawing energy from the atmosphere.
Demon: evil spirit.
Dowsing: locating objects by the use of divining or dowsing rods.
Ectoplasm: any physical substance created by, or accompanying, a spirit’s materialization.
Electromagnetic Energy: a hybrid of electrical charges and magnetic fields that binds nature.
EMF: acronym for "electromagnetic frequency".
Entity: a conscious, interactive ghost.
EVP: acronym for “electronic voice phenomena;” capturing ghostly sounds and/or words on an
audio recording that cannot be heard by the human ear at the time of recording.
Ghost: some paranormal aspect of the physical form and/or mental presence that appears to
exist apart from the original physical form.
Haunting: any repeated appearance of phenomena commonly associated with ghosts, spirits, or
Imprint: ghostly activity that appears non-conscious and redundant.
Manifestation: the process by which a spirit creates a physical representation of itself in the
Medium: a person who channels a spirit, or through whom a spirit or entity communicates.
Orb: a small sphere or ball of light that some believe to be the manifestation of paranormal energy.
Paranormal: anything out of the normal range of explanation. Term is usually used in
conjunction with ghosts, UFO’s, and other phenomena that cannot be explained by
traditional scientific theories and hypothesis.
Paranormal Research: the study of phenomena currently considered unexplainable by the
Poltergeist: German for “noisy ghost;” an entity or energy that displays sensational interaction
with the physical environment, and manifests only when a specific individual or
individuals are present.
Possession: the act of being physically or mentally controlled by spiritual forces, usually negative.
Psychokinesis: the ability to move to move objects using only the mind.
Séance: a ritual held to communicate with spirits of the dead.
Spirit: a discarnate being that exists in an invisible realm.
Tagging: the practice of announcing voices or naturally occurring sounds during an EVP session to
avoid mistaking such sounds as paranormal.