Hello! I’m a paranormal researcher!
My name is Hayley and I’m studying towards a BSc (Hons) Psychology. I work full time and in between work and studying, I research paranormal claims and phenomena. Here’s some fun facts about this:
- I’ve been researching paranormal things since I was 18
- I’ve had a life-long interest in strange things because we thought the house I grew up in was haunted
- I don’t believe in ghosts, but I used to.
- I’ve spoken to audiences internationally about my research
- This makes me sound cooler than I actually am
‘…the Scully end of the X-Files spectrum’
– The Times
How does that work?
Instead of turning off the lights and looking for ghosts (as they do on ghost hunting television shows), I instead try to find the rational causes for the odd things people see. It’s much more interesting (and also more productive!)
I also describe myself as a holistic paranormal detective because:
a) I’m a nerdy Douglas Adams fan,
b) I take a humanistic approach to my research, rather than one that seeks to prove/disprove paranormal things.
“knows what [she’s] talking about.”
– Dr Steven Novella
What else do you do?
My writing has been published in Skeptical Inquirer, Paranormal Magazine, Skeptic magazine and elsewhere, too. I’m terrible at pitching but if you’d like to commission a piece please click here.
I’m also regularly invited to speak at conferences and events. If you’d like to invite me to speak at an event click here to find out more!
I produce a podcast called The Spooktator which examines paranormal related headlines on a monthly basis. I co-host the show with Paul Gannon and Charlie Revelle-Smith and it is unapologetically geeky about ghosts!
– Selena Scott, BBC Radio 4
Best Skeptic Blog, The Ockham’s Award 2015
(I was also shortlisted in 2013, 2014)