When science meets the supernatural

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Kirstin Leslie

Kirstin Leslie

Kirstin is a Public Health PhD student at the University of Glasgow with an interest in science communication and a love of writing (which will hopefully not be destroyed by writing up her thesis!).

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  1. Victoria Smith says:

    Brilliant article and just in time for Hallowe’en too! I enjoyed reading it. Could the prevalence of mould in supposedly haunted houses not just be an indicator that houses considered to be haunted are usually old, cold, abandoned, and/or damp?

    • theGIST says:

      Hi, thanks for your comment! This is the author, Kirstin, here. When I contacted the lead researcher on this study he suggested that they have found a “higher burden” of this mould in places that are reported to be haunted compared to similar “spooky/damp” places. It is currently unpublished so I don’t know their methods in detail but, from my understanding, they are comparing “haunted” places with similarly old/ abandoned/ damp places that have not been reported as being haunted. They are also planning to conduct a comparison of the genetic data from mould samples collected at ‘haunted’ and ‘not-haunted’ sites so will be interesting to see if there are differences here that could explain the phenomenon.

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