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Background and Research Summary, Objectives and 2017-2018 Goals


Background and Research Summary:

In 2007, it was apparent that a formal research effort was needed to support, compliment and advance the Southern Wisconsin Paranormal Research Group (S.W.P.R.G.) as they conducted spontaneous case investigations (i.e. field investigations) of ghost and haunt phenomena. Thus, the Anomalous Research Department (A.R.D.) was formed and was to be the formal research wing of the S.W.P.R.G.  The A.R.D. consisted of a small subgroup of specialized S.W.P.R.G. members who were interested and motivated in conducting scientific research.  A.R.D. was tasked with conducting research, reviewing and developing new equipment, keeping current on recent articles within the paranormal / parapsychological fields, seeking out and apply for grants, publishing papers, addressing specific scientific issues raised in the paranormal / parapsychological community and collaborate with other paranormal / parapsychological organizations.

From 2007 to 2011 A.R.D. conducted various research projects and published papers on topics such as: electromagnetic fields (EMFs); radiation data; anomalous knocking sounds; S.W.P.R.G. data review; EVP and geomagnetic fields (GMFs); EVP and Local Sidereal Time (LST); equipment analysis and understanding; transliminality; environmental changes associated with Induced After Death Communications (IDACS); use of random number generators during spontaneous case investigations; use of fluxgate magnetometers during spontaneous case investigations; and development and improvement of the Direct Environmental Acquisition Data-logging (D.E.A.D.) system that became the equipment of choice for the S.W.P.R.G to use during field investigations. This type of research proved informative, fruitful and established the S.W.P.R.G. as one of the premiere paranormal investigation groups.

In 2011, the Southern Wisconsin Paranormal Research Group (S.W.P.R.G.) changed its name to the Paranormal Research Group (P.R.G.) when it decided to become a strictly scientific research and informational based organization. This brought the work of A.R.D. to the forefront of the group and the new goal of the P.R.G was now to work to develop and share evidence using data-derived information and knowledge to advance the field of Parapsychology.

In 2013, the PRG collaborated with the Transnational Anomalies Research team. Transnational Anomalies Research (TAR) was an international collaborative research initiative founded by Joey M. Caswell and Dr. J. Miguel Gaona. The TAR team consists of members across Canada, Spain, France, the U.S.A., and the UK, with diverse specializations and backgrounds. Dave Schumacher, of the PRG, joined the team in 2014 and his roles included researcher, experimental design, data analyst and author. The overall goal of TAR was the study of consciousness and physical anomalies by employing an interdisciplinary research approach. Some of our main areas of study included investigating the potential effects of consciousness on external random physical systems, long-term tracking and analysis of precognitive predictions, archaeoacoustic studies of ancient geographical sites, application of electromagnetic field technology to macro-entanglement, and theoretical/methodological development of paranthropological approaches to anomalous phenomena. The research was conducted both in the laboratory and in the field.

In 2017 the decision was made to dissolve ARD and make its past functions the main work and focus of the PRG.

This focus will allow us to devote all of our time and resources to conducting research, producing and sharing data and advancing the paranormal and parapsychological fields.


1) Conduct research based on the scientific method.

2) Create, promote and encourage the use of research and research literature within the paranormal and parapsychological fields.

3) Serve as an information gathering and retention hub for various parapsychological/anomalous data.

4) Share information within and outside the paranormal and parapsychological community and become a leader in educating interested individuals about the field.

5) Collaborate with other like-minded and similarly staged research organizations.

Current research interests:

1) Life After Death Studies (Near-Death, Shared-Death, Terminal Lucidity, etc.).

2) Analyze the experiential and environmental elements of various parapsychological phenomena to explore similarities and differences.

3) Develop new and/or more stringent field investigation protocols.

4) Investigate past and current trends in parapsychology and paranormal research.

5) Conduct research with interactive surveys.

6) Investigate conditions that lead to anomalous experiences and conduct field experiments under these conditions.

7) Conduct research on Induced After Death Communications (I.A.D.C.).

8) Studying mind – matter interactions (aka psychokinesis).

9) Studying how various locations, situations and psychophysical variables affect external random physical systems.

10) The role of different emotions and their influence on the environment and external random physical systems.

11) The role of transliminality and paranormal belief play in having subjective and/or objective experiences at reportedly haunted locations.

12) The potential for using the combination of various existing technologies to detect instances of survival of consciousness (i.e. ghosts) in field based research and investigations.


2017 and 2018 Goals:

1) Launch the Life After Death Studies (L.A.D.S.) project.

2) Launch the Difficult to Explain Anomalous Phenomena (D.E.A.P.) project.

3) Launch the Parachallenge and Citizen-PScIence projects.

4) Give educational talks.

5) Attend scientific conferences on various parapsychological topics. 

6) Launch a PRG YouTube channel that will contain short informational video vignettes.