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« on: May 15, 2013, 01:01:57 PM »

Caffeine May Cause Ghostly Voices

Got Ghosts? Lay Off the Caffeine


Nannette Richford

A Durham University study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council, suggests that consumption of the equivalent of 7 cups of instant coffee a day increases the likelihood of hallucinations; such as seeing objects that are not there or hearing voices. High caffeine users (7 cups or more per day) were three times more likely to hear voices than those who consumed less than a cup of coffee a day.

The study asked 200 students about their intake of caffeine products, including coffee, tea, energy drinks, chocolate and caffeine tablets. The stress levels and the tendency to experience hallucinations were assessed. Those who consumed large quantities of caffeine reported seeing people or objects that were not present, hearing voices and sensing dead people.
Co-authors Simon Jones, PhD and Dr Charles Fernyhough from Durham University's psychology department, caution that the study merely confirms an association between caffeine consumption and hallucinations. It is unclear whether caffeine triggers levels of cortisol, a stress related hormone, thereby causing higher rates of hallucinations or if people experiencing hallucinations tend to consume more caffeine to cope with their experiences.

Following the same line of reasoning, one has to ask if high levels of caffeine cause hallucinations that may be interpreted as seeing ghosts or spirits, hearing spirit voices and sensing the presence of ghosts or if it merely serves as a vehicle to increase the ability to sense paranormal activity.

Let's assume for a moment that these so-called hallucinations are not hallucinations at all, but are very real paranormal experiences. Perhaps the consumption of caffeine heightens awareness thereby increasing the likelihood of experiencing true paranormal phenomena. Were this to be proven, caffeine consumption prior to ghost hunts and paranormal investigations might well prove to be an effective tool to alert investigators to activity that could then be investigated with scientific means furthering research in paranormal studies.

If however, consumption of large quantities of caffeine appears to be a coping mechanism for those who experience the paranormal, it should lend credence to the stories of those who experience other worldly events.

For now, the existence of the paranormal remains a mystery left to personal accounts and open to interpretation. It is likely that the results of this study will serve to devalue experiences and relegate them to the hallucinatory affects of caffeine and stress.

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Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. As an award winning writer for Demand Studios, Richford has...  View profile

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