Ongoing Study of Case-Based Claims of Paranormal Activity, and
Correlation of the Results of Scientific Data Collection and Analysis.
The field of paranormal research falls under the umbrella of numerous other scientific and medical fields. These fields include psychology, sociology, traditional, natural, and holistic medicine, anthropology, physics, and countless others. Unfortunately, the term “paranormal” has attained a certain cult status, and has been widely misjudged. Popular culture, media, and cinema have portrayed the term “paranormal” to focus on ghostly activity and cases of beyond-belief haunting.
In reality, the term para-normal simply means beyond normal. This includes any activity, phenomenon, behavior, or occurrence that is not considered the norm for a particular environment, and not easily explained. The Rome Investigators of the Paranormal (R.I.P.) have adopted a stringent adherence to the scholarly research process, comply with the American Psychology Association (APA) guidelines on ethical and scholarly research practices and style, and R.I.P. also plays host to research members with CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) certifications and credentials.
Please understand very clearly that the Rome Investigators of the Paranormal do not participate in paranormal certification programs, ghost hunter certification, etc. There is no accrediting body behind those so-called certification programs, and there is no recognition of established scholarly procedures associated with their certifications. The only certifications held by members of R.I.P. are accredited research and ethics certifications, established by nationally recognized organizations, used in mainstream scholarly research within the fields of science, medicine, psychology, and beyond.
The purpose of this research is to generate and bolster an ongoing body of evidence and knowledge which will help to identify trends in paranormal activity correlated to claims of paranormal activity. To facilitate this end, Rome Investigators of the Paranormal (R.I.P.) will utilize a variety of documentation and data collection methods, including personal interviews, questionnaires, and the use of technology-based monitoring and logging, in order to help establish a correlate and to either confirm or dismiss the accuracy of said claims.
The goal of this research is to successfully document claims of paranormal activity, as well as to document correlating accounts of activity as it is occurring. Where possible, potential activity will either be validated through the data which has been collected, or debunked through experimentation and alternate explanation. Aid will be rendered through referrals to third-party services (i.e. counseling, mental health services, religious or spiritual advisers, etc.) when necessary.
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Benefits to Research Subjects:
All participants of paranormal investigations will receive full investigation services at no cost, and will receive a comprehensive examination of any data that has been collected, and an analysis of any correlating activity based on initial claims of activity.
The research population consists of individuals that have voluntarily reported personal claims of paranormal activity, and have volunteered to have Rome Investigators of the Paranormal (R.I.P.) investigate the alleged location. All individuals consent to the documentation of claims and evidence pursuant to consent provided on the mandatory Informed Consent Form.
Physical data collection including electromagnetic walkthrough of site, Radio Frequency walkthrough of site, Radiological walkthrough of site, and Thermal imaging walkthrough of site. All data is logged for computerized statistical correlation (using SPSS statistical software).
Documented data consisting of digital/analog recording mediums, including digital/film photography, digital/tape videography, digital/tape audiography, as well as manual pen & paper documentation of activity, interviews, and field notes.
Additional methods may be used on a case-by-case basis.
While the risks to person and property are low throughout the course of an investigation, post-facto risks to the research population following an investigation may be experienced. The primary risk may involve a temporary increase in paranormal activity. Research participants consenting to public disclosure of location-specific details may increase belief-related harm caused from interpersonal issues. This may include scorn, public embarrassment, and other such behaviors.
Means to minimize risk:
The primary means used to manage risk comes in the form of an Informed Consent Form, which is required to be completed prior to all Rome Investigators of the Paranormal (R.I.P.) investigations. Unless expressly authorized, all identifying information regarding locations and individuals will be kept completely confidential and anonymous.
In order to assure that all researchers and research participants fully acknowledge ethical and procedural responsibility throughout the course of an investigation, as well as to ensure that all parties are fully informed of all practices and procedures which may occur during the course of an investigation, all parties are required to complete an Informed Consent Form prior to engaging in an investigation.
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